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Harford Community College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program has been redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The new designation covers academic years 2014-2020.

According to nsa.gov, “The purpose of the National CAE designation is to promote higher education in IA and CD and prepare a growing number of IA/CD professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks.”

John Mayhorne, Dean of Business, Computing and Applied Technology, and Mr. Sabum Anyangwe, credit adjunct faculty at HCC, worked together to help HCC achieve this recognition. A letter to Mr. Anyangwe from the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education stated, “Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The Presidents’ National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, February 2003, and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. ‘Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defending against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so.’ Education is the key to promoting these ideals.” A letter about this designation was also sent to the Governor, Members of Congress, and appropriate Congressional Committees.

According to Dean Mayhorne, the Center of Academic Excellence designation is a valued and much sought-after award. “The CAE designation recognizes the quality and rigor of our Cyber program. This provides further opportunities for our students to seek scholarships, employment and advanced degree completion. It acknowledges Harford as an educational leader in Cybersecurity.”

An official certificate from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designating Harford Community College as a Center of Academic Excellence will be presented in a formal ceremony to be held in June 2015.

Additionally, the Maryland State Department of Education selected Harford Community College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree program to receive the 2015 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Postsecondary CTE Program of Excellence.

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