Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently became officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2019, a feat that establishes the College as one of the nation’s academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity. Jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CAE2Y program recognizes colleges and universities that have made significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a number of professionals with cyber defense expertise and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared for lucrative careers in both local and national industries such as law enforcement and banking. And our partnership with the NSA and DHS gives Rowan-Cabarrus students internship and field trips with these agencies.

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Quick Facts
  • The United States loses $100 billion annually as a result of cybercrime, which targets over 556 million victims per year.
  • The FBI’s Most Wanted List for cyber criminals currently contains just five individuals, but each is responsible for consumer losses ranging from $350,000 to $100 million.
  • About 10% of all social media users have received a cyber-threat. More than 600,000 accounts are compromised every day on Facebook alone.
In a nutshell the CAE2Y program is designed to prepare our students to meet the nation’s cybersecurity needs, keep the talent pipeline primed, share expertise and serve as vehicles for growth.
Linda Cooper

Instructor in Information Technology