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HCC designated a National Center in Information Assurance Education

Harford Community College was recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE/2Y) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). HCC was one of 11 new institutions nationwide to achieve this designation.

HCC Computer Information Systems faculty member Sabum Anyangwe accepted an official certificate of designation on behalf of the college at the 16th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Education held June 11 to 13 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"Harford Community College, as the sixth community college in Maryland to receive this highly regarded national designation, has been recognized by industry and professional associations for the quality of our information assurance and cybersecurity program. This designation will very likely produce additional articulation and transfer options for our students, academic partnerships with other universities and further employment opportunities for our students," John Mayhorne, dean of Business, Computing and Applied Technology, said in a press release.

NSA and DHS jointly announced the designation of 52 colleges and universities as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education bringing the total to 166 in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. According to an NSA press release, in addition to the 11 new CAE/2Y institutions, seven institutions were designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the years 2012 through 2017; seven joined the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) Program; and 27 existing centers in IA education successfully re-applied, maintaining their designation.

According to the release, the goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in the national infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. These cyber experts may help protect national security information systems, commercial networks and critical information infrastructure in both the private and public sectors – meeting the increasingly urgent needs of the U.S. government, industry and academia.

To receive this designation, HCC's application was assessed against stringent CAE/2Y criteria intended to measure the depth and maturity of programs of instruction in information assurance/cybersecurity education and training. Nationally or regionally accredited community colleges, technical schools, state or federally-endorsed IA/Cybersecurity training centers or U.S. Government IA/Cybersecurity training centers are eligible to apply to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA two-year education or training.

The designations are valid through 2017.

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