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Georgia Southern ranked No. 8 on the 2018 Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs list

The Center for Applied Cyber Education, located on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus, is an interdisciplinary center and recognized national leader in cyber education and training.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia Southern has been ranked No. 8 on the 2018 Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs list. The University’s Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE), an interdisciplinary center and recognized national leader in cyber education and training that manages university-wide cyber education initiatives, is located on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our cybersecurity programs by Military Times,” said CACE Executive Director Scott Scheidt. “We look forward to strengthening our division even further with new designations and growth in cyber selection for majors and minors with our new Georgia Southern family student body.”

According to Military Times, to make the second annual ranking of cybersecurity programs list, schools first had to participate in its survey of colleges used to compile the 2018 Military Times Best: Colleges rankings last fall. The results, plus data from the federal education, defense and veterans affairs departments on how schools stacked up across five categories – culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support and cost and financial aid – accounted for half of a university’s ranking.

“The rankings were more competitive than ever this year, as a record number of schools participated in our annual survey, and less than half made the cut,” stated the Military Times.

Additional factors were divided evenly among four other metrics: the presence and number of ABET-affiliated computer science programs at a school; the presence and number of Centers of Academic Excellence designations given to a school by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); the proportion of degrees awarded at a school that fall under computer science generally; and the proportion of degrees awarded at a school that fall under computer security specifically.

Founded at Armstrong State University in 2015 and now an important part of Georgia Southern University, CACE began as a collaborative effort among administration, faculty and staff to strengthen cyber education and training in the region. The department is dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary cyber education that affords student access to curriculum, programs and industry partnerships that impart the skills and concepts applicable to 21st-century cyber workforce needs. CACE also provides faculty and staff expertise in areas such as digital forensics, cyber law, cyber warfare, cyber policy, cryptography, artificial intelligence, electronic warfare, healthcare informatics, enterprise security and data analytics.

In addition, CACE manages university cyber education designations that include the NSA and DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, and the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence. Georgia Southern is only one of 14 institutions in the country to hold both federal designations.

For more information and to see the Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs list, visit https://bestforvets.militarytimes.com/cyber/2018/.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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