Syracuse University is among an elite group of academic institutions designated by federal agencies for research and education in information assurance and cybersecurity. The University originally received the CAE Education designation in 2001, CAE-R (Research) designation in 2009, and has been continuously re-designated by the agencies. At that time of the dual designations Syracuse was one of a total of 18 academic institutions nationally to have received the both CAE and CAE-R designations.
The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the CAE programs, now renamed as CAE-Cybersecurity (CAE-C), to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting education and research in cybersecurity across a range of academic disciplines. Students attending CAE schools are eligible for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense and federal programs in cybersecurity.
The overall CAE-C requirements are demonstrations of program outreach/collaboration, robust cybersecurity academic programs, multidisciplinary efforts, practice of cybersecurity at the institutional level, and student/faculty efforts, as well as the courseware requirements. These include a core set of Knowledge Units and a set of additional knowledge units to which institutions must map in the cybersecurity curriculum.
As part of the CAE-C activities, the University received the Program of Study (PoS) Validation by the National Security Agency (NSA) on the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Administration program in 2022.
Dr. Joon Park, Professor, the School of Information Studies (iSchool) serves as the Point of Contact (POC) for Syracuse University’s CAE-C.