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August 2010

OCCC Named Designee of the National Centers of Academic Excellence


Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is among six community colleges recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). Also OCCC is designated as one of seven institutions as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R).

NSA and DHS are also pleased to announce the completion of the pilot year of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance two-year Education (CAE2Y) program. OCCC is among six community colleges receiving this designation for years 2010 through 2015. The NSA/DHS partnership was formed in 2004 in response to the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace of 2003. The CAE-R program was added in 2007 to encourage universities and students to pursue research, development and innovation in information assurance and cyber security. This program was established as a means of providing recognition to institutions that serve as models for two-year institutions by providing innovative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary education and training in the Information Assurance/Cyber Security field.

The industry need for cyber/information security training and education is clear. On a daily basis we witness news reports regarding cyber threats including denial-of-service, viruses and worms, hacking, phishing, electronic fraud and more. The Cyber/Information Security program at OCCC is intended for all students who desire a career in the support of cyber/information security.

Cyber/information security specialists play a significant role in the daily operations of all businesses. As well, the program at OCCC provides students with the background needed to pursue a career with major retailers, manufactures, government agencies, financial institutions, colleges and universities, service organizations and others.

These recent designations by NSA and DHS bring the total number of institutions participating in this highly regarded program to 106 CAE/IAEs and 47 CAE-Rs. OCCC is one of thirty-six institutions are designated as both CAE/IAE and CAE-R.

Designation as a CAE is valid for five academic years, after which the college or university must successfully reapply in order to retain the designation.

For more information regarding the OCCC Cyber/Information Security program, please visit www.occc.edu/it, or call (405) 682-7888.

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