Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense


The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated Kent State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD) for the Computer Engineering Technology program offered by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering.

Kent State University aspires to be a cybersecurity knowledge sharing and training center in North East Ohio, educating the community of Kent in cybersecurity and contributing to cybersecurity through active research.

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering spearheaded the application for the NCAE-CD designation, which is valid until 2028.



The center currently supports two undergraduate programs in the college of aeronautics and engineering. Students graduating from these two programs can immediately pursue a career in cybersecurity:

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology is a CAE-CD designated program that provides students with the opportunity to study computer systems and software-hardware interface so that they are capable of analyzing the problems in the computer and networking industry and producing computer engineering, networking and software solutions. The major's curriculum includes materials necessary for students to be eligible for industry certifications (e.g., Cisco, Dell, Juniper Networks) for career advancement. This program is ATMAE accredited.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering prepares individuals who want to become professional engineers in the broad field of cybersecurity. One objective of the program will be to provide students with a working knowledge of analysis and evaluation of components and systems with respect to security and to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats with an emphasis on engineered systems. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to address security issues pertaining to stakeholder needs and requirements. Design and development of systems, their components and associated networks to increase trustworthiness is a driving concern.

Industry Partnerships

Cisco Network Academy

Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering teaches the Cisco Networking curricula and has partnered with Cisco Technologies to establish a Cisco Networking Academy.



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