Top Infosec Schools in the Metro DC Area

Certificate of NSA CAE Designated SchoolHow do you get started in an information security career? This is a question we get asked a lot.

There are several ways … but if you’re looking to take a more formal approach, attending a school accredited as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) is a great place to start. Run by the NSA and DHS this program evaluates educational institutions and designates them as either Information Assurance Education (IAE) or Research (R) schools. The goal, as stated on the program’s page, is “promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.”

As of last year there were 123 schools with one or both of the CAE designations. This year the program just announced an additional 22 schools according to GovInfoSecurity.com. Of those four of them are in the metro DC area.

And in case you missed our local schools from their previous list, here they are for your convenience…

via GovInfoSecurity.com

In 1998, the National Security Agency, through the National INFOSEC Education and Training Program, established Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) to identify universities that conform to its standard for acceptable programs in information assurance (IA).

Now, over 13 years later, both the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education and CAE-Research programs. The goal: to reduce vulnerabilities in the nation’s critical information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a greater number of professionals with hands-on information assurance expertise.

“We’ve expanded significantly,” says Dickie George, information assurance technical director at NSA. “The CAE programs have really fostered a spirit of community among the various schools.”

From seven CAE universities in 1999, the program today identifies 118 universities and 13 two-year schools as centers of excellence (CAE). In addition, 50 universities gain recognition as centers of excellence in research (36 of which are designated as both CAE/IAE and CAE-R) within information assurance.

This year, 22 new schools have received designations: 12 universities and seven two-year colleges have obtained the CAE designation, while three universities now specialize in the CAE-R category.

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  7. June 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    For those interested @hal_999999999 mentioned the following this morning on Twitter.

    imho,and solely imho, syllabus+profs, GMU tops, UMBC sec, Hopkins third (due to return for investment – Hops costs). r/X

  8. June 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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  9. June 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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    Nothing like getting feeling ur time+$ being misspent. Personally vouch 4Volgenau(GMU)+3rd floor UMBC. Not quite CMU/MIT, but hey r/X

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