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CAE in Cybersecurity Community

CAE in Cybersecurity Community

Center of Academic Excellence

In 2008, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated California State University, San Bernardino's (CSUSB) Cybersecurity Center as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance. A CAE designation is a coveted recognition for cyber schools as it demonstrates the standard of excellence, set forth by the NSA and DHS, for cyber education in the nation. As a reflection of our excellence, in 2014, CSUSB received our designation as a CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) through 2021, recognized for our specialty areas in Cyber Investigations and Network Security Administration. In 2016, Dr. Tony Coulson, Director of the Cybersecurity Center (CSC), became the principal liaison for the National CAE in Cybersecurity Community, and CSUSB was named a CAE National Resource Center. 

CAE in Cybersecurity community

CAE in Cybersecurity Community

As a result of our continued excellence in the community, the NSA approached the Center in 2016 and asked us to connect and communicate with all CAE designated institutions across the nation. Tasked with communicating with over 200 CAE designated schools in 2016, the CAE in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community provides a web portal (, the weekly newsletter, communications platforms, as well as technical assistance. As a result of these efforts, CSUSB became one of four CAE National Resource Centers (CAE CNRC) in the nation by the National Security Agency.  The community also provides additional services to the community, including the CAE Virtual Career Fair, event management, travel assistance, and knowledge management. Also, we work closely with the CAE-C Program Office to produce materials, resources, and tools for the CAE-C community.

CAE Events

The CAE-C Community hosts two main events each year, the CAE Virtual Career Fair and the annual CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium.

CAE Virtual Career Fair

CAE Virtual Career Fair

The CAE Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the National Science Foundation (NSF), invites all students, alumni, and faculty from CAE-C designated institutions to network with employers from across the nation. Since 2016, over 2,500 students/alumni/faculty from CAE-C designated institutions participated in our career fair. The next CAE Virtual Career Fair is September 4, 2020.

CAE Symposium

CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium 

Starting in 2015, with a grant from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium brought together cybersecurity educators from across the nation to discuss curriculum, program changes, as well as faculty development. In 2019, the community reached a milestone with the symposium, with over 300 people from CAE-C designated institutions participating in the event.

The CAE in Cybersecurity Community is supported by the National Security Agency (NSA) under grant #H98230-16-1-0368 and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) under grant #60NANB16D309.

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