Press Release for Wednesday, September 25, 2019
UNF Designated National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated the
University of North Florida’s School of Computing as a National Center of
Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through 2024.
is a prestigious national recognition for the School of Computing, where
faculty worked diligently to complete an outstanding proposal, assessment and
portfolio under the leadership of Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, UNF associate professor
very pleased that our undergraduate curriculum was recognized by the National
Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security,” said Dr. Sherif
Elfayoumy, UNF School of Computing director.
designation will put the UNF School of Computing programs in cybersecurity on
the national stage.”
are chosen and accredited based on their degree programs and alignment to
specific cybersecurity-related curriculum knowledge units, validated by subject
matter experts in the field. This designation plays an important role in
addressing a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and highlights the
importance of higher education in defending America’s cyberspace.
from CAE-CDE designated programs are equipped with the skills to help protect
national security information systems, commercial networks and critical
information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.
cybersecurity field is one of the fastest-growing and adapting fields in both
the public and commercial sectors of industry," said UNF computing alumna
Stephanie McMahon, TIAA IT auditor. “I’m very proud for my alma mater as this
is a very exciting time to be involved in the age of information technology and
CAE-CDE designation will allow the University’s Computing programs to continue
its focus on providing experiential hands-on training in a real-world
environment to become professionals with cybersecurity expertise. This
designation also makes students eligible for special research grants and
recognition and the School of Computing’s new modern cybersecurity lab will
provide UNF students with access to cutting-edge training and skills that are
much needed in the marketplace.
fall, the School of Computing launched a new dedicated cyber security lab.
To help prepare students for
that future reality, the School of Computing is collaborating with Pax
Technology, an international supplier of electronic payment terminals and
transaction software. Pax Technology’s North America headquarters is located in
remodeled a computer lab to serve as a cybersecurity lab, and Pax Technology
has committed $100,000 to fund scholarships and activities for students
interested in cybersecurity. The money will be spent on student scholarships,
graduate assistantships and research projects for student participation. They
want to train our students on these technologies and have offered to teach a
number of courses as well. The lab accommodates 30 students.
UNF’s Center for Cybersecurity exists to provide program guidance
and oversight, general cyber defense information as well as collaboration and
outreach opportunities among students, faculty and other institutions on the
university located on an
environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.