Our Mission

The mission of Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense is to provide excellence in education about cybersecurity, service through partnerships with the university and community, and research opportunities in cybersecurity technology, cybersecurity preparedness and cybersecurity education.

This mission is accomplished by the following:

  • Offering a professional master of science degree with a specialization for cybersecurity professionals with online and career change options.
  • Providing courses in computing with learning outcomes that support ensuring privacy and security in computing services.
  • Fostering curriculum content in other disciplines to ensure all students are aware of cybersecurity threats and defenses
  • Fostering cybersecurity awareness in the local community through partnerships.
  • Engaging students in service learning.
  • Encouraging collaboration on important research topics based on:
    • Partner and community needs
    • Interdisciplinary exchanges
    • Technical issues in cybersecurity

We are proud to announce that


has been designated a
Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education


By the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency
for the curriculum path
M.S. in Computer and Information Science with a specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense