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CNM Named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

August 16, 2017 -- CNM has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense. School officials learned about the acceptance last week and will receive its CAE certificate at a National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) conference Nov. 7-8 in Dayton, Ohio.

CNM’s designation is for a CAE2Y (two year) college. Specific two- and four-year colleges and universities are chosen for the award based on their robust degree programs, number of security components and close alignment to specific cyber security-related knowledge units, validated by top subject matter experts in the field. CNM joins nearly 200 institutions of higher education with the distinction.

“CNM applied this year, and we met the criteria to become a CAE2Y institution based on requirements that included mapping our security courses to the Committee on National Security Systems training standards,” said Sionna Grassbaugh, Academic Affairs director for the School of Business & Information Technology. “This is a huge accomplishment.”

Official letters of CAE2Y recognition are being sent to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, members of Congress and appropriate Congressional committees.

“Receiving this designation is very prestigious,” said Nathan Saline, CNM’s CAE2Y point of contact. “The U.S. government said it is a quality program worth receiving the CAE designation.”

CAE graduates help protect national security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.

This program is a response to the increasingly complex and challenging cyber-attacks facing the U.S, which needs more cybersecurity professionals to protect networks in both government and industry. Nearly one in five Americans has been the victim of a cybercrime and the economic impact of these attacks is devastating. Cyberattacks cost the average U.S. company more than $15.4 million per year.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. 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 defense expertise for the nation.

To learn more about CNM’s cyber security program, click here.

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