National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

The Center for Cybersecurity at Michigan Tech is dedicated to developing high-quality cybersecurity research and education programs, supporting interdisciplinary security activities, assisting the development and sharing of resources, and building a strong cybersecurity workforce for government, industry, and academia.

Michigan Tech is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE–CD) designated by the National Security Agency (NSA). The B.S. in Cybersecurity degree is the validated CAE Program of Study (PoS). The Center for Cybersecurity is the CAE cyber center at Michigan Tech.

What is the CAE-CD Program?

The CAE-CD program is managed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) and to produce a growing number of professionals with expertise in the cybersecurity discipline.

Qualifying institutions will be designated as CAE-CD for a period of five academic years, after which they must successfully re-apply in order to retain the designation. The CAE designation is an institutional designation; therefore, the benefits extend beyond the cyber defense program at a school to the entire institution.

For more information about CAE, visit the NSA CAE website

Michigan Tech Cybersecurity Achievements

Michigan Tech has developed a national and international reputation in cybersecurity education, research, and outreach activities. The Computing College, the first and only of its kind in Michigan, elevates the visibility of Michigan Tech and better meets the market demand for computing education and research. Michigan Tech now offers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cybersecurity, plus a very popular undergraduate minor in cybersecurity. These programs are strategically designed to build on existing curriculum guidelines and standards including:

  • ACM Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines (CSEC2017),
  • ABET Accreditation Criteria for Cybersecurity Programs,
  • National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework.

Outside the classroom, Michigan Tech has a strong tradition of offering cybersecurity outreach and extracurricular activities to broad audiences. Some examples include RedTeam, GenCyber summer camps, Summer Youth Programs (SYP), and CyberHusky competition team. RedTeam is an on-campus cybersecurity student organization that promotes a security-driven mindset among the student population and provides a community and resources for those wishing to learn more about information security. RedTeam is a strong contender who competes regularly in a number of cybersecurity competitions. In spring 2021, RedTeam achieved a breakthrough at the National Cyber League (NCL) competition by finishing in 3rd place among over 900 teams from across the country. Click here to view a list of RedTeam's amazing achievements. Since 2019, Michigan Tech's GenCyber programs and SYP programs have reached out to over three hundred K-12 teachers and students for cybersecurity training. The CyberHusky competition team from local middle/high schools, coached by Michigan Tech faculty and students, captured 1st place in Michigan's Middle School category during the 2021 national CyberPatriot Competition.

In addition, Michigan Tech faculty continually make exceptional contributions in cybersecurity scholarship and research. For example, over just the past few years our faculty have published over thirty high-quality cybersecurity research papers and secured more than $5M of external funding. In 2021, Dr. Yu Cai and colleagues received a multi-million dollar CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit and train the next generation cybersecurity professionals for U.S. government agencies. CyberCorps grants are extremely competitive and highlight our growing national reputation. Click here to view a list of active cybersecurity research grants at Michigan Tech.

Michigan Tech Cybersecurity Degrees

Michigan Tech offers the following cybersecurity degrees for individuals looking to begin or further their cybersecurity careers.

The B.S. in Cybersecurity degree is hosted at the College of Computing and jointly managed by the Applied Computing Department and the Computer Science Department. Click here to view faculty members in Applied Computing. Click here to view faculty members in Computer Science.

Michigan Tech offers the following computing degrees which allow students to take cybersecurity credits and participate in cyber activities.

CAE-CD Point-of-Contact (PoC)

Professor Yu Cai
Phone: (906) 487- 1471
Faculty webpage

CAE-CD Industry Advisory Board

The CAE-CD Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is shared with the CNSA / Cybersecurity IAB in the Applied Computing Department.

Advisory board members come from a wide variety of industries and bring with them a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. This wealth of knowledge is used to keep our curriculum current and help us prepare our students for the challenges of the global workplace. The board meets annually and provides valuable guidance and information related to current practices and emerging trends in the industries.

Cybersecurity News

Internal news: Cybersecurity Center News
External news: theHackerNews, SecurityWeek, SANS Newsbites

Internal Opportunities and Resources

Michigan Tech  Student Organizations Related to Cybersecurity

RedTeam on Cybersecurity
CyberCorps: Scholarship for Services at Michigan Tech
Networking and Computing Student Association

Michigan Tech  K-12 Outreach Activities Related to Cybersecurity

Summer Youth Program
CyberHusky Competition Team
Copper Country Coders
Copper Country Robotics at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech Institutional Security Resources and Awareness

University Security Policies and Procedures
University Security and Compliance Staff
University Information Security Plan
University Information Security Compliance Policy

External Opportunities and Resources

Cybersecurity Scholarships and Internships

Federal CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
US Intelligence Community Intelligence Careers Student Programs
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA)
CRA Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

Cyber Competitions

National Cyber League
Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)
SANS Cyber Ranges
SNAS CyberStart
US Cyber Challenge: CyberQuests

Cybersecurity Organizations

National CAE community
National CyberWatch
SANS Institute
Cybersecurity Degrees

Cybersecurity Conferences

RSA Conference

Cybersecurity Curriculum Standards

NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)
ACM Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines (CSEC 2017)
ABET Cybersecurity Accreditation Criteria
National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework

Other Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity Guide Resource Center
Careers in Cybersecurity