The 19th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) was held from June 15–17, 2015. During this session, Walden University received its designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD). Walden’s School of Information Systems and Technology was awarded this designation for offering curriculum that focuses on IA and CD in the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral information technology programs. Walden’s commitment to education in the fields of IA and CD helps prepare professionals to aid in protecting the nation’s networks and cyberspace.

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Dr. Karlyn Barilovits, second from left, receiving the NSA CAE/IA/CD award for Walden University.

Dr. Karlyn Barilovits is a member of the Women and Minorities in Cybersecurity Working Group of CISSE. The group received a National Science Foundation grant to create a workshop for the CISSE conference in Las Vegas. The grant included funding for women and minority students to attend the colloquium. Through this grant, Walden was authorized to send three students—all of whom were undergraduates. The following students attended the colloquium and represented Walden University:

  • Itzel Padilla
  • Omoniyi Awofesobi
  • Sean Burton

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Dr. Karlyn Barilovits, Itzel Padilla, Omoniyi Awofesobi, and Sean Burton

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Dr. Karlyn Barilovits, Itzel Padilla, Omoniyi Awofesobi, and Sean Burton

The CAE Community is a community of universities and community colleges that have distinguished themselves as centers of academic excellence to the NSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).. The CAE Community Portal endeavors to be a Web-powered mechanism for the productive exchange of relevant information, ideas, and events by CAE institutions, for CAE institutions.

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