The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Murray State University’s Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).
The university said in a release on Tuesday the designation helps to address a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and highlights the importance of higher education in the growing field. The CAE-CDE certification will allow the TSM program to focus on providing students with real world training and cybersecurity experience. It also makes students eligible for special grants and scholarships.
“I am very pleased that our undergraduate cybersecurity curriculum was recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security,” said Dr. Abdul Yarali, TSM program coordinator. “This designation will set us apart in relation to other cybersecurity programs throughout the nation.”
Schools seeking to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security must meet rigorous guidelines. Additionally, they may opt to specialize in specific focus areas. Selected schools are expected to actively support the CAE-CDE program and participate in the nationwide community of designees.
Murray State’s designation will expire in 2024.