Learn About the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program and how to move your cyber security career ahead.

A man sits at a computer while a woman points at the screen.The boundaries for national defense stretch into cyber space, where skill counts more than brute force. It takes a sharp and trained mind with an understanding of the latest technology to counter and repulse cyber attacks. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) want the best and brightest trained professionals to defend the United States' online borders. It's not just national defense either. The NSA and DHS have jointly sponsored the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program because businesses, agencies, and infrastructure need protection as well. According to the NSA, the goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber security degrees and cyber defense expertise for the nation.1 Nearly every agency, industry, company, and national infrastructure asset has an online component, and pranksters, thieves, and terrorists are looking to steal information and create havoc. It takes well-trained individuals to keep our information safe.

To make sure the United States has a ready supply of competent cyber security professionals, the NSA and DHS have designated colleges and universities as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Schools must meet stringent criteria and include a core set of cyber defense knowledge units to be eligible.

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Walden University, dedicated to offering high-quality education in professionally relevant fields, has earned this designation. The need for information or cyber security professionals is acute and growing, with the number of jobs expected to grow 28% from 2016-2026.2 This is a high-paying, challenging role with lots of career potential, both in government and the private sector.

Walden offers online information technology programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level. Those with specializations focused on cyber security have the NSA and DHS seal of approval for information assurance and cyber defense—important designations when you are looking to enter the work world. These designations also make our students eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the federal Cyber Corps®: Scholarship for Service program.

Walden's online degree programs teach the skills needed to enter or advance in the field of cyber security. These skills will only become more valuable as modern life becomes more intertwined with the internet. People who can stand in between valuable data and people bent on doing harm are needed in every industry as well as local, state, and federal government agencies.

Walden can help you gain the tools and training you need to put you on that cyber-defense line.

Explore Walden’s MS in Cybersecurity or Graduate Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security and see how you can improve your skills in order to better protect vulnerable organizations.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering online information technology degree programs for working professionals. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

1Source: https://www.nsa.gov/resources/educators/centers-academic-excellence/cyber-defense/
2Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.

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