Tales of hackers, cyber attacks and high-profile security breaches are now commonplace. Given security breaches at mega companies like Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase, the public does not have to be reminded of the importance of cyber security. That explains the relevancy of Wilmington University’s commitment to cyber security education.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security has designated WilmU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Security institution through academic year 2021. As agency officials state: “The increasing demands of [Wilmington University’s] program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.”
“The designation is of benefit not only to the university, but also our students, employers and hiring managers throughout the nation,” says Dr. Jim Wilson, vice president of academic affairs. “It affirms our place as a regional leader in cyber security education.” (WilmU offers a bachelor’s in computer and network security, a master’s in information systems technologies, and a cyber security certificate in supervisory control and data acquisition.) WilmU also hosts the regional B-Sides conference, participates in Infraguard (a national partnership with the FBI) and the U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Camp, and hosts several cyber security events and meetings.
In 2004, Dr. Mark Hufe, associate professor and director of cyber security education, was charged with transforming the university’s computer security programs. He has helped to develop the cyber security curriculum and build the university’s reputation in the local and national security arena. He’s pleased that students and adjunct instructors can add a new title of excellence to their résumés.
“Beyond the criteria that Wilmington University had to meet in order to earn the designation,” he says, “the CAE program is a roadmap on how to better prepare our students.” WU