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TokenEx Becomes Nacha Preferred Partner for ACH Data Protection



“The modern ACH Network continues to evolve and thrive,” said Jane Larimer, Nacha President and CEO. “Part of the fuel for that evolution is our Nacha Preferred Partner program, a valued community dedicated to strengthen and grow the ACH Network.”

TokenEx today became a Nacha Preferred Partner for ACH Data Protection.

As a Nacha Preferred Partner, TokenEx joins a select group of innovators recognized for offering products and services that align with Nacha’s strategies to advance the ACH Network.

“The modern ACH Network continues to evolve and thrive,” said Jane Larimer, Nacha President and CEO. “Part of the fuel for that evolution is our Nacha Preferred Partner program, a valued community dedicated to strengthen and grow the ACH Network.”

This partnership comes at a crucial moment, as Phase 1 of Nacha’s Rule on Supplementing Data Security Requirements goes into effect June 30, 2021. This rule requires ACH Originators and Third Parties that process more than 6 million ACH payments annually to render deposit account information unreadable in electronic storage.

TokenEx’s Data Protection Platform provides risk-reducing capabilities and flexibility for business use in preparation for this upcoming rule, and it has been used to protect ACH data for more than a decade.

“TokenEx was built from the ground up as a cloud tokenization provider, allowing us to offer a unique combination of security and compliance that can enhance revenue-impacting operations—not limit them,” said Alex Pezold, CEO, TokenEx. “We are excited to join other Nacha Preferred Partners who work together to protect and improve the ACH Network.”

Nacha’s Preferred Partner program is open to technology solution providers whose offerings align with Nacha’s core strategies to advance the ACH Network. Learn more about Nacha’s growing community of Preferred Partners and how they can support your payments needs, by visiting

About Nacha

Nacha governs the thriving ACH Network, the payment system that drives safe, smart, and fast Direct Deposits and Direct Payments with the capability to reach all U.S. bank and credit union accounts. Nearly 27 billion ACH Network payments were made in 2020, valued at close to $62 trillion. Through problem-solving and consensus-building among diverse payment industry stakeholders, Nacha advances innovation and interoperability in the payments system. Nacha develops rules and standards, provides industry solutions, and delivers education, accreditation, and advisory services.

About TokenEx

TokenEx’s Data Protection Platform helps organizations offload the risk of storing sensitive data internally and provides a single point of integration for third-party partners. As a result, TokenEx customers can safely and compliantly accept, store, and transmit sensitive data. This combination of security and flexibility enables customers to positively impact revenue by improving payment acceptance rates, reducing latency, and minimizing their PCI footprint.

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Popular Android Antiviruses Fail to Detect Cloned Malicious Apps: DroidMorph




According to a new study published by a group of scientists, anti-virus solutions for Android are still vulnerable to various types of malware, posing a severe concern as bad actors improve their toolkits to better elude detection.

“Malware writers use covert mutations (morphing/obfuscations) to produce malware clones on a constant basis, thwarting detection by signature-based detectors,” the researchers added. “This clone attack poses a severe threat to all mobile platforms, particularly Android.”

Researchers from Adana Science and Technology University in Turkey and the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan, revealed their findings last week in a report.

Unlike iOS, Android devices allow users to download apps from third-party sources, raising the risk of unwitting users installing unverified and lookalike apps that clone the functionality of legitimate apps but are designed to trick users into downloading apps laced with fraudulent code capable of stealing sensitive information.

Furthermore, malware authors can use this technique to make many clones of the rogue software with varied levels of abstraction and obfuscation to hide their true intentions and get past anti-malware engines’ defence barriers.

The researchers created DroidMorph, a tool that allows Android applications (APKs) to be “morphed” by decompiling the files to an intermediate form, which is then modified and compiled to create clones, both benign and malware, to test and evaluate the resilience of commercially available anti-malware products against this attack.

Morphing could occur at various levels, according to the researchers, including those that require modifying the class and method names in the source code or something more complex that alters the program’s execution flow, such as the call graph and control-flow graph.

The researchers discovered that 8 out of 17 leading commercial anti-malware programmes failed to detect any of the cloned applications in a test using 1,771 morphed APK variants generated through DroidMorph, with an average detection rate of 51.4 percent for class morphing, 58.8 percent for method morphing, and 54.1 percent for body morphing observed across all programmes.

LineSecurity, MaxSecurity, DUSecurityLabs, AntivirusPro, 360Security, SecuritySystems, GoSecurity, and LAAntivirusLab are among the anti-malware applications that have been successfully circumvented.

The researchers plan to add further obfuscations at different levels as well as enable morphing of metadata information such as permissions encoded in an APK file as part of their future work in order to reduce detection rates.

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Persistent fraud threats drive consumer biometrics for payments and mobile credentials



A biometric spoof attack and new fraud report this week both indicate the challenge of ensuring financial transactions are legitimate, showing why the latest Goode Intelligence forecast includes biometrics being used for billions of dollars in payments in the years ahead.

Biometric technologies from Idex and partners Zwipe and Tag Systems are each a step closer to consumer’s wallets to help cut fraud, Google SE partners including G+D and Thales are working on mobile digital identity credentials, in addition to the ongoing work industry stakeholders are investing in health passes, and a Mitek executive shares insights on the evolving consumer biometrics ecosystem in some of our most widely-read stories of the week.

Top biometrics news of the week

By 2026, biometrics will secure more than $5.6 billion in payments, according to the latest forecast from Goode Intelligence and the most widely-read story of the week. The latest biometric payments report from Goode comes as Idex Biometrics announced a new order of its TrustedBio sensors and a Nilson Report was released highlighting the biometric card cost reduction from the partnership between Zwipe and Tag Systems.

The secure element Google is planning to use in its forthcoming Pixel 3 phones is optimized to secure digital copies of biometric passports and support mobile driver’s licenses. The company and partners are accelerating the development of the technology through the Android Ready SE Alliance, and OEM partners including G+D, NXP, STMicroelectronics and Thales are already working with the associated StrongBox applet.

A tale of an in-the-wild biometric spoof attack of some sophistication netting over $75 million in China has been reported, after a pair of hackers were prosecuted by law enforcement. The scam involved high-resolution images of people performing different actions made with data obtained on the black market, fraudulent tax invoices and hijacked smartphones.

UbiSecure’s ‘Let’s Talk About Digital Identity’ podcast is joined by NIST Computer Scientist Mei Ngan, discussing her path to joining NIST, the expansion of face biometrics both in terms of applications and market, the work the Institute has done on facial recognition with masks and demographic differentials, with an interesting segment on the serious threat of face morphing on identity documents.

The latest Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Research finds $43 billion was lost to digital identity fraud last year, meaning there has never been a better time to take advantage of increased consumer willingness to adopt biometrics. Consumers are also not willing to tolerate failed fraud claims resolution, which is too frequent, so financial institutions are under pressure from both sides.

The pandemic has driven many businesses from industries other than financial services to approach Buguroo about fending off online fraud with its behavioral biometrics, Founder and CEO Pablo de la Riva tells Startup Info. The company’s focus on comparison against personal behavioral history, rather than cluster of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ users and experience securing financial services customers gives it the edge in an industry “gaining massive momentum,” de la Riva says.

In a highlight from Biometric Update’s growing network of media partners, we present IEC e-tech magazine Co-editor Antoinette Price’s recent interview with ISO/IEC biometrics standards editor Mike Thieme on biometric presentation attacks. Thieme talks about a broader conception of presentation attacks than is sometimes thought of, challenges with PAD systems, and what Part 4 of the ISO/IEC 30107-3 standard does.

The biometrics and technologies for delegating authorization and authentication to online accounts and various digital devices for the full range of consumer applications are available now, Mitek CTO Stephen Ritter tells Biometric Update, but the broader ecosystem to support it is yet to be established. Creating the right environment for consumer trust in smart homes and the IoT will mean building trust, and may require the efforts of business giants like big banks, but in the meantime appropriate choices in biometrics implementation can give companies an edge right now.

Two International Monetary Fund officials want to break down the Big Tech silos that are preventing big data and AI from being fully utilized. Too much data is probably being collected, and too little value shared with individuals, but major barriers related to privacy and policy stand in the way of change. The prioritization of policy around data sharing and digital identity for proving vaccination status may present the opportunity to overcome those barriers, according to an opinion piece by Yan Carriere-Swallow and Vikram Haksar.

Innovatrics’ SmartFace platform now includes pedestrian and body part detection to aid with anonymous real-time detection, with its latest update. The company has also introduced an application to provide instant feedback from mobile devices placed beside a SmartFace entry point, such as a reminder to put on a mask.

Digital health pass plans continue to be announced by governments around the world, with Japan, Estonia, and New York State the latest to adopt QR-code based credentials. Pangea has developed a ‘Green Pass’ authentication system to prevent spoofs of Israel’s COVID vaccine credential, meanwhile.

A pair of new health passes have been launched, with Global ID and Unisys each partnering with healthcare organizations. A white paper was released on the topic as part of the Digital Document Security Online Event 2021, and Aware reminds of the importance of liveness for digital identity authentication, meanwhile.

Nomidio and Post-Quantum executives talk with Biometric Update about the importance of how data is encrypted to data security, and how data can be secured in the future against quantum computers capable of breaking today’s standard encryption algorithms. That future may arrive in less than five years.

A new research partnership to bring biometric pre-registration to airport experiences by Idiap and Facedapter has been announced, in the latest attempt to reduce touchpoints and time spent waiting for flights. India’s government is moving forward with its Digi Yatra plans, while SITA offers tips for airports and a K2 Security executive weighs in on impacts of COVID-19 on TSA checkpoints.

Former IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac believes the digital identity benefits of the IATA Travel Pass could not only play a key role in restarting the industry, but also boost the OneID project and transform passenger experience, he tells Airlines. De Juniac talks about the timing of IATA’s transition to a new CEO, and how the pandemic has brought closer collaboration between industry stakeholders.

The deadline for Nigerians to register their NINs with their SIMs has been extended by two months by court order, as numerous people faced having their mobile service cut off. The biometrics-backed national identity number is necessary for ever more parts of life in the country, with the NIN now required for writing university entrance exams.

Coppernic Co-founder and CEO Kevin Lecuivre tells Provence Business about the company’s roots in Psion Teklogix, how far France lags behind many African countries in digitizing electoral processes, and the company’s prospects for 2021 in a French-language interview. The pandemic may have set back Coppernic’s plans to reach €20 million in turnover by the end of 2022, but the company is internationalizing; and hiring.

Simprints has now reached more than 1.2 million beneficiaries, Chief Product Officer Alexandra Grigore announced in a LinkedIn post. The non-profit has provided fingerprint biometrics to support social benefits programs in 14 countries so far.

Please let us know of any interviews, editorials or other content we should share with the biometrics and digital identity communities in the comments below or through social media.

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Certified Information Security Systems Professional Certification



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Certified Information Security Systems Professional Certification- Over 140,000 security professionals will possess the CISSP certification by July 1, 2020. (ISC)2, a worldwide, nonprofit membership group and perhaps the world’s premier cybersecurity professional organisation, created the Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) Certification in 1994. Its purpose is to verify that you have worked in the field of information security and have a working knowledge of security principles and procedures.

The purpose and significance of a CISSP designation will be examined in this guide, as well as the certification expenses and benefits. The qualifications for this professional title are also spelled out in full.

The CISSP is not appropriate for every security practitioner or executive, but it is a certification that anyone interested in a career in information security at any level should pursue. CISSP certification should be considered a necessity for various security roles, such as IT director, security analyst, and chief information security officer.

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What is the Certified Information Security Systems Professional CISSP Certification?

In the security business, the CISSP is one of the most sought-after professional credentials. CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and it was intended to show that a security professional can plan, engineer, implement, and manage an information security programme.

Many security professionals consider acquiring a CISSP certification a priority because of the high salary and predicted career growth rate.

The CISSP is difficult to achieve due to a difficult exam and stringent work experience criteria, but its popularity indicates that most security professionals can obtain certification.

What are CISSP Requirements?

Work experience, peer endorsement, adherence to ethics, and passing the CISSP exam are all prerequisites for CISSP certification. A minimum of five years of direct full-time security work experience is required. There are rules that allow one year of work experience to be excused if the applicant has a four-year college diploma, a master’s degree in information security, or one of several other certificates.

Candidates must adopt the CISSP Code of Ethics and certify to the truthfulness of their application assertions on professional experience and background in order to fulfil their commitment to establish and sustain professionalism within the security industry. Nonetheless, they will definitely verify those claims as well.

A three-hour, 150-question multiple-choice exam is the crown jewel of the CISSP certification process. This examination must be passed with a score of 700 points or higher out of a possible 1000. Finally, a candidate’s qualifications must be endorsed by a (ISC)2 certification holder who has ostensibly embraced the CISSP Code of Ethics.

While (ISC)2 does not provide a detailed list of what career experience qualifies as relevant for the CISSP certification, their promotional materials suggest that the following positions are appropriate for CISSP holders:

(ISC)2 evaluates security job experience provided as part of a CISSP certification application for components indicating educational and professional accomplishments. Work that requires a college diploma, managerial skills, or the consistent application of security policies and principles is very crucial.

A CISSP applicant may have held a variety of security positions, but must demonstrate work experience in two or more of the (ISC)2 CISSP Common Body of Knowledge’s eight domains (CBK).

It’s worth mentioning that a candidate without the necessary experience to become a CISSP can become an Associate of (ISC)2 after passing the CISSP exam. After that, the Associate of (ISC)2 will have six years to gain the required experience for CISSP certification.

How Much Does Obtaining a CISSP Certification Cost?

The overall cost of CISSP certification preparation varies depending on the candidate’s expertise and experience. A candidate might choose a comprehensive CISSP course to help them prepare for the exam if they have a minimum of related knowledge and expertise. A more experienced candidate, on the other hand, may merely need to brush up on their skills with a few books or videos.

There are four types of CISSP courses offered to help applicants pass the exam:

Directly from (ISC)2 or one of their official training providers, training, seminars, courseware, and self-study aids are available. There are a variety of websites, books, and videos available to help applicants pass the CISSP exam in addition to official training sources. When looking for CISSP exam information from unauthorised sources, be cautious. The format of the exam has changed in recent years, and prior guidelines and training materials may be out of current.

Self-paced e-learning courses start at $2,499 from well-known official training providers. These courses come with a voucher for an exam as well as a number of practise tests. Instructor-led courses start at roughly $2,900 and go up to $4,400 depending on the extent of instructor engagement. Some of these courses give a guarantee of passing the exam.

CISSP reference books and videos are widely available for candidates who choose to piece together their own study materials. Books cost around $100, and videos cost around $300. To prevent receiving obsolete information, use the most recent material accessible.

There are soft expenses to consider in addition to the expenditures connected with training courses and materials. Preparing for the exam will necessitate sacrifice, and because time is money, those expenditures should be factored into the total cost-benefit analysis. Despite this, the greater salaries and increased career options enjoyed by CISSP holders almost usually outweigh the costs of pursuing the certification.

The cost of keeping a CISSP certification is also an ongoing expense. A holder must recertify every three years after becoming qualified. Earning 120 continuing professional education (CPE) credits over three years and paying a $125 Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) to support the program’s continuous growth is required for recertification.

Deep Dive into the CISSP exam

The cost of the CISSP exam is $699. In certain commercially available courses, a voucher for this fee is included. Computerized Adaptive Testing is used to administer English language tests (CAT). The quality of the test taker’s responses to prior items determines which test items are offered in this type of computer-administered testing. The test adapts to the examinee’s ability level in this way.

The material covered in one of the eight domains of the (ISC)2 CISSP CBK will provide the basis for the 100 to 150 test items in the CISSP exam. As illustrated below, each CBK domain is weighted:

Domain 1: Security and Risk Management 15 percent
Domain 2: Asset Security 10 percent
Domain 3: Security Architecture and Engineering 13 percent
Domain 4: Communication and Network Security 14 percent
Domain 5: Identity and Access Management (IAM) 13 percent
Domain 6: Security Assessment and Testing 12 percent
Domain 7: Security Operations 13 percent
Domain 8: Software Development Security 10 percent

The CISSP exam has a time limit. The exam can take up to three hours for each candidate to complete. Multiple-choice or advanced creative questions make up the test items.

The pass/fail rate for CISSP exam candidates isn’t made public. Commercial training providers claim pass rates of more than 90%, however this information is difficult to verify. The CISSP exam pass rate is usually thought to be below 50% in the security profession.

If a candidate fails the exam on the first attempt, he or she has 30 days to retake it. They can retest after 60 test-free days or 90 days from their initial test date if they don’t pass the second time. They can retry after 90 test-free days or 180 days after their initial exam attempt if they don’t pass the third time. Candidates may take the (ISC)2 test up to four times in a 12-month period.

CISSP Salary Information

The CISSP is one of the most in-demand professional distinctions, owing to the fact that it is consistently ranked as the highest-paying industry certification. According to (ISC)2, the average pay for CISSP holders was $131,030 in 2018. While compensation numbers for succeeding years have not been released by (ISC)2, the current skills gap in information security employment has undoubtedly pushed CISSP wages even higher.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Information Security Analysts is predicted to be substantially stronger than normal from 2019 to 2029, at a rate of 31%.

The CISSP is recognised by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and opens many doors inside the US Federal Government. According to (ISC)2, members earn 35% more than non-members.

The CISSP is a globally recognised credential that can lead to worldwide travel and job opportunities all around the world.


The CISSP would be the sole professional certification for information security practitioners to consider if there were just one, and there are many more. It is the most well-known and thorough certification programme accessible.

The CISSP is difficult to achieve by design. Employers value certification because of the degree of knowledge and experience required to achieve it. Many high-level security roles need a CISSP, and it serves as a benchmark by which security leaders are judged.

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Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Guide



CAE-C guide
CAE-C guide

Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Guide- When deciding on an educational path or degree programme, many variables must be considered. There are both financial and geographical factors to consider. Future employment possibilities for the chosen professional path, as well as the reputation of the educational institution, must be considered.

The goal of this guide is to help students and those considering pursuing a cybersecurity-related educational route understand what Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) are and why having that information could be beneficial to their future employment.

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What is a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity?

The onerous conditions set out by the program’s joint sponsors have been met by institutions that have been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are the sponsors (DHS). The NSA and DHS grant the CAE-C designation to schools that agree to promoting the program’s goal of reducing vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by improving cyber defence higher education and research and generating cyber defence professionals.

The growing number of cyberattacks on both persons and corporations underlines the need for cybersecurity professionals to protect and defend our nation’s key infrastructure and networks. The CAE-C programme was created to fulfil the federal government’s rising demand for qualified and talented cybersecurity experts, as well as state and local governments and industry.

Colleges and universities with the CAE-C certification are publicly recognised by the government for their excellent cybersecurity-related programmes. These institutions have undergone a thorough review and have met stringent criteria to be designated. They are ideally positioned to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to protect and defend against today’s cyber threats.

Students interested in a cybersecurity career should seriously consider attending a CAE-C accredited university, whether their career ambitions include working for the federal government or in private enterprise. In the end, this decision should be taken into consideration.

CAE Programme Structure

In 1999, the National Security Agency (NSA) developed the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education programme. Over the years, the program’s structure and nomenclature have changed multiple times. In order to keep this guide as simple as possible, we’ve selected the most up-to-date application names and descriptions. Former programme names and descriptions may still be in use at CAE institutions and may differ from those used here.

Schools can pursue one of three sorts of designations. Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), and Centers of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R) are the three types of centres (CAE-R).

Over 300 colleges around the country have received designations in Cyber Defense, Cyber Operations, and Research under the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) programme.

National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

The CAE-CD programme aims to train cybersecurity professionals to satisfy the demands of the country, government, business, and academia. The CAE-CO programme, which is complementary in character, focuses on technologies and techniques linked to specialised cyber operations (e.g., collection, exploitation, and reaction) in order to improve the nation’s national security posture.

The CAE-CD program’s declared objectives are to:

  • Promote greater education and research in cyber defence to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure.
  • Educate and train an increasing number of specialists in cyber defence disciplines.
    Increase awareness of robust CD technology, policy, and practises that will enable our country to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber disaster.
  • Make a major contribution to the advancement of cutting-edge cyber defence knowledge and practise

The CAE-CD curriculum focuses on a number of efforts that are crucial to the development of a cyber workforce. The demand for competent, skilled instructors, who are the keys to unlocking the door to a skilled cyber workforce, is at the forefront. There is an acknowledged lack of qualified educators, as the number of students pursuing cybersecurity degrees at the PhD or post-doctoral levels is dwindling, limiting the amount of people who can and would teach in an academic setting. Schools frequently have numerous cybersecurity faculty jobs available for extended periods of time, which is a significant constraint.

Four-Year Baccalaureate/Graduate Education, Two-Year Education, and Research are the three categories for the CAE-CD programme.

NSA/DHS CAE-CD designation is open to all regionally authorised two-year, four-year, and graduate-level universities in the United States, therefore make sure to check the status of your selected university.

In the field of cyber defence, the following institutions have been classified as CAEs:

  • The federal government has acknowledged them for their cyber defence programmes and courses.
  • Curricula should be linked to specific Knowledge Units that align with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, a cybersecurity vocabulary used by educators, industry professionals, and government agencies across the country.
  • Have degree programmes that are a top choice for students looking to gain the knowledge and abilities they need to excel in the cybersecurity field.
  • Assist federal agencies by giving scholarly insight on DHS, NSA, and other federal agencies’ cyber-related programmes.
  • Serve as a possible source of government-academic researcher exchanges and a facilitator of those exchanges.
  • Assist faculty and research leaders in their development.
  • To help build the cyber industry, join a large network of cybersecurity experts, educators, researchers, and activists.
  • Are aware of the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program and the Federal CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program, both of which offer student scholarships and awards.

There are 274 CAE-CD Institutions in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as of August 2019.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO)

Although the CAE-CD and CAE-CO programmes have similar roots and interact closely, their objectives and needs are distinct. Both have particular, well-defined academic and programming standards, and both designate schools for a five-year period.

The CAE-CO programme is divided into two categories: fundamental and advanced. Four-year colleges and graduate-level universities offering computer science, electrical engineering, or computer engineering programmes are eligible. They could potentially collaborate between two or more of these departments or create a degree programme with equal technical depth.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation is supported by the CAE-CO Program. It contributes to the goal of increasing the number of skilled people who can sustain a cyber-secure nation. The CAE-Cyber Operations programme is a highly technical, inter-disciplinary higher education curriculum with a strong foundation in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering, as well as numerous possibilities for hands-on learning through labs and exercises.

Based on the particular goal and authorities associated with that mission, the CAE-CO programme focuses on workforce development for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and law enforcement communities. The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense programmes are supplemented by the CAE-Cyber Operations programme. It focuses on technology and tactics linked to specialised cyber operations (e.g., collection, exploitation, and reaction) in order to improve our nation’s national security posture.

Four-year colleges and graduate-level universities are eligible to participate in the CAE-CO programme. CAE-Cyber Operations programmes must be housed in a department of computer science, electrical engineering, or computer engineering, or in a degree programme with a comparable level of technical depth, or in a partnership between two or more of these departments.

Institutions that have been designated as Cyber Operations Centers of Excellence (CAEs) include:

  • Recognize the institution’s cyber operations programmes and curricula on a federal level.
  • Assist students in developing trust in degree programmes as a viable option for learning the essential knowledge and skills to thrive in the cybersecurity sector.
  • Provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside NSA workers and technical directors on real-world, mission-critical problems during a 12-week summer internship.
  • Serve as a possible source of government-academic researcher exchanges and a facilitator of those exchanges.
  • To help advance the cyber field, join the CAE Community of cybersecurity professionals, educators, researchers, and activists.
  • Through the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program, provide chances for student scholarships and fellowships.

Since its inception in 2012, the CAE-CO programme has grown to include 21 institutions.
National Centers for Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R)

A CAE-R institution’s mission is to promote proactive knowledge of robust cyber protection technology, policy, and practises. Developing a workforce with these abilities will allow our country to successfully avoid and respond to a catastrophic cyber disaster.

The CAE-R Program’s mission is to:

  • Schools with programmes that incorporate CD research activities into the curriculum and classroom context should be recognised.
  • Provide insight on academic CD programmes (with their reach into the industry) that can support advanced educational, research, and development capabilities to the NSA, DHS, and other federal agencies.
  • Serve as a possible source and facilitator for researcher exchanges between the government and academia.
  • Give CD research centres the chance to delve deeper into much-needed solutions for protecting key information systems and networks.

A Department of Defense school, a Ph.D.-producing military academy, or a regionally authorised, degree-granting four-year college must all be CAE-R institutions. According to the Carnegie Foundation Basic Classification method, they must be classified as a Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity, Higher Research Activity, or Moderate Research Activity. They can also provide a written justification describing their significant CD research. The CAE-R criteria call for evidence of CD Research projects (both faculty and student), publications, graduate-level production, and research funding.

Why CAEs are Important to Students

Choosing a college is about more than just getting a diploma with the student’s name on it. The location of a student’s school has an impact on many elements of their life, from academics to social activities and beyond. Given the significance of this decision, prospective students should think long and hard about where they want to attend.

Choosing a CAE-C approved school ensures that the student will be taught the most up-to-date curriculum that meets the most stringent criteria. The program’s curriculum has been approved by the NSA/DHS cosponsors and is consistent across all CAE-C schools.

The quality of a student’s educational experience as well as the outcome in terms of job placement can be strongly influenced by the support they receive from their teachers, peers, and the institution. Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity are meant to give each student with unrivalled support.

CAE graduates frequently attest to the program’s support, both in terms of high technical instruction and social support that enhances the educational experience.

In a recent edition of the Community Quarterly, the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity’s quarterly publication, Danielle Santos, a graduate of California State University San Bernardino, a CAE-CD school, detailed her educational experience. “The programme provided me with endless opportunities outside of the classroom to strengthen my technical and interpersonal skills,” she said. The InfoSec group offered technical tasks to work on, such as determining how to use an Xbox 360 for reasons other than video games, as well as Saturday workshops to learn about Defense in Depth strategies. The CAE office also organised events and activities for students to practise their elevator pitches by attending career fairs and networking with local professionals.”

“Don’t sleep on these opportunities!” Santos said when asked what advice she would give to existing or prospective CAE students. Students, particularly those pursuing a cybersecurity degree, have access to a wealth of information. Tuition scholarships, conference travel scholarships, opportunities to present projects and papers, free virtual employment fairs, special hiring and training programmes for fresh grads, and so on. Take advantage of these opportunities while you still have them, and network, network, network!”

Employers frequently check for more than a student’s name on a diploma. They want guarantees that the student’s educational curriculum will equip them for the demands of the workplace. A degree from a CAE-C school provides that assurance to potential employers. They can be confident that the student has been exposed to all facets of cybersecurity and is a member of the community.

Another CAE alumni, Steven Hernandez of Idaho State University, was asked about the program’s impact on his career. “It’s directly tied to my success and capacity to bring value to my employer and the Nation,” he said in the Community Quarterly. The community I’m a part of is one of the most essential components of the programme. People in this community stay in touch and call each other when things are going well and when things are going badly. The curriculum cultivated this cohort attitude by presenting us with tasks that could only be solved by working together.”

Why CAE Designation is Important to Schools

Recruitment Benefits

Many institutions and schools are offering amenities and conveniences to potential students, such as computers and tablets, gourmet eating plans, and extravagant housing and recreational facilities. These are actions taken in response to consumer demand. And the reality is that these kinds of services and possibilities are becoming increasingly popular among students. To be sure, school authorities insist that they are primarily boosting their academic profile in order to attract students.

Being accredited as a CAE school would help you attract students who have ability and interest in cybersecurity-related industries. Students will undoubtedly be directed to CAE-C accredited institutions by federal agencies and contractors looking for educational options to satisfy their needs.

Financial Benefits

While the NSA and DHS do not finance CAE recognised universities, once they have one, they can apply for grants such as the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (DoD CySP). They can also apply for a Scholarship for Service from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Schools are not restricted to pursuing a single classification and are encouraged to do so.

Grants from the Cybersecurity National Action Plan are available to CAE schools. One of the goals of this strategy is to strengthen the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program and expand the number of academic institutions and students that participate. They seek to assist current participants, grow the number of students studying cybersecurity at those schools, and improve student knowledge through programme and curriculum changes.

Support from the CAE community

The National Science Foundation has supported the project Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity at Community Colleges (C5). C5 promotes the establishment of a countrywide network of community colleges that have passed national cybersecurity education standards, resulting in more and better-prepared graduates for the workforce and, in turn, a more secure nation.

C5 has increased the number of community colleges around the country that have been designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) for cybersecurity education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The project helps schools with the CAE Application Assistance Program by pairing them with skilled mentors who can help them with the application process.

In 2017, the CAE-Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Resource Centers were designated. These Centers are a network of CAE-CD institutions that will assist applicant universities with resources and guidance. Hub, Consultation, and National resource centres are the three types of resource centres that can help at a regional and national level.

The Center CAE Regional Resource Centers (CRRCs) will serve as a nexus for CAE-CD Candidates Program institutions in a certain geographic region. For designated and prospective institutions, they will host a variety of programme and faculty professional development workshops, seminars, and courses.

Additional Resources for Schools

ATE Center Resource

For more than 25 years, the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) programme has supported innovation at two-year colleges.

ATE fosters the education of scientific and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels, with a concentration on the high-technology sectors that drive our nation’s economy and strong ties between academic institutions and industry.

Curriculum creation, professional development for college faculty and secondary school teachers, career routes from secondary schools to two-year colleges and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions, and other activities are all supported by the ATE programme. Advanced manufacturing technologies, agricultural and biotechnologies, energy and environmental technologies, engineering technologies, information technologies, micro and nanotechnologies, security technologies, and learning, evaluation, and research are among the fields of technology supported by the ATE programme.

NCYTE Center Website –

CyberWatch Website –

CSSIA website


The Gen Cyber programme aims to boost interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, as well as to teach all kids proper and safe online behaviour and to enhance teaching methods for K-12 students. This programme provides kids and teachers with free cybersecurity summer camp programmes. This programme is supported by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.


The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) is the most comprehensive cybersecurity training resource available online. NICCS connects federal employees, students, educators, and businesses with cybersecurity training providers all throughout the country.

The United States must establish a workforce of qualified cybersecurity specialists as technology progresses. The United States’ significant investment in initiatives like NICCS helps citizens find the education and training they need to develop their professions and close the cybersecurity workforce’s skill gaps.

NICCS gives the United States the tools it needs to ensure that citizens and the workforce have better cybersecurity skills. The cybersecurity courses in the catalogue are taught by approved institutions, National Centers of Academic Excellence, federal agencies, and other training organisations. Each course is aligned with the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, which serves as the foundation for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s (NICE) attempt to standardise cybersecurity education.

The Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch (CE&A) of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications is responsible for NICCS (CS&C). CE&A supports cybersecurity awareness, training, education, and career structure, with the additional goal of increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals in the United States.

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