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National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Center for Cybersecurity Education

West Virginia University Designated April 2022

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West Virginia University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

CAE POC (Point of Contact): Matthew Valenti

The Center for Cybersecurity Education (CCE) has been established to serve as the focal point for cybersecurity curriculum and practice at WVU. The Center for Cybersecurity Education is organized and hosted by the Department of Computer and Information Systems and supported by faculty across multiple disciplines at WVU. The mission of the CCE center is to provide cybersecurity education program guidance and oversight, general cyber defense information, and opportunities of cybersecurity research, collaboration, and outreach for students, faculty, and other organizations.

Cybersecurity Programs

BS in Cybersecurity

Advisory Board

This designated center must have an external board of advisors – local/national industry professionals, faculty from other institutions, etc. to provide programmatic guidance over the activities of the center and the NCAE-C program as a whole. This board provides a connection between the program(s), this center, college/department, and the local community. The external board of advisors can be shared with other programs in the college/department.

Members include:

  1. Brandon Bailey, Cybersecurity senior Project Leader, Aerospace Corporation
  2. Kevin Reid, CIO, Fusion Technologies LLC
  3. Jon Hammock, KeyLogic Systems
  4. Michael Dransfield, National Security Agency

Student Organizations


Institutional security resources and awareness

Cybersecurity resources

Faculty Members

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