The Role of CAE-CDE in Cybersecurity Education for Workforce Development

  • Maurice Dawson
  • Ping Wang
  • Kenneth Williams
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 738)


With a fast-growing demand for properly trained cybersecurity professionals to defend our cyber space and information systems, effective cybersecurity education programs and courses with consistent and reliable quality control and evaluation are necessary to prepare qualified workforce for the cybersecurity industry. The national Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation program jointly sponsored by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a rigorous certification and national standard for maintaining quality of cybersecurity education. This paper explains the CAE-CDE program criteria and requirements and discusses the important role of the designation in cybersecurity education and workforce development. This paper illustrates the educational value and impact of the CAE-CDE program with case studies of three different institutions: (1) University of Missouri—St. Louis, which has obtained the CAE-CDE and Security Policy Development and Compliance Focus Area designations; (2) American Public University System, which has just completed the application for CAE-CDE; and (3) Robert Morris University, which is in the process of applying for the CAE-CDE designation.


Cybersecurity education Workforce development Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Cyber Defense Education (CDE) Designation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Missouri—St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Robert Morris UniversityMoonUSA
  3. 3.American Public UniversityCharles TownUSA

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