Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)

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

The Center for Cybersecurity at Michigan Tech is dedicated to develop high-quality cybersecurity research and education programs, support interdisciplinary security activities, assist development and sharing of resources, and build a strong cybersecurity workforce for government, industry, and academia.

That is why Michigan Tech is applying for the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense  Education (CAE – CDE). The B.S. degree in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA)  is the identified CAE-CDE curriculum path. The Center for Cybersecurity under ICC is the CAE cyber center at Michigan Tech.

What is the CAE-CDE Program?

The CAE-CDE program was established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly 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-CDE 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.

Students attending CAE-CDE institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program. Student are also eligible to apply for the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Students that complete the approved program of study will receive explicit recognition to add to their personal credentials. CAE institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role supporting Nation’s information systems.

Information about CAE, please visit the NSA CAE website

Michigan Tech Cybersecurity Programs

Michigan Tech offers the following cybersecurity programs for individuals looking to begin or further their computing career, especially in the field of cybersecurity.

CNSA Board of Advisors

The Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA) program has an external Industrial Advisory Board which provides valuable guidance and information related to current practices and emerging trends in the industries.

CAE-CDE Point-of-Contact

Dr. Yu Cai
Phone: (906) 487- 1471

Internal Opportunities and Resources

Michigan Tech  Student Organizations in Cybersecurity

RedTeam on Cybersecurity

Michigan Tech  Other Activities in Cybersecurity

Local Hack Day
Summer Youth Program

Michigan Tech Security and Compliance

University Security Policies and Procedures
IT Security Personnel

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)
ISC2 Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships
Computing Research Association (CRA) Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

Cyber Competitions


Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)

SANS NetWars
SNAS CyberStart
US Cyber Challenge: CyberQuests

Cybersecurity Organizations

National CAE community
National CyberWatch
SANS Institute

Cybersecurity Conferences

RSA conference

Cybersecurity Curriculum Standards

National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework
CAE CD Requirements
ACM Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines (CSEC 2017)
ABET Cybersecurity Accreditation Criteria