A Leader in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education

In 2004, KSU was first recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Security Education (CAE/IAE). KSU was re-designated in 2007 and 2012. In 2015, KSU was designated under the new NSA/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CDE) program with focus areas in 1) Security Policy Development and Compliance and 2) Systems Security Administration, through 2021.

Dr. Mike Whitman, Executive Director, ICWD is the point of contact for all CAE-related communications.

The ICWD BS-Cybersecurity is the first official CAE Plan of Study for 2021.  Links to the degree program are available in the left menu.


The mission of Kennesaw State University's Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development is to:

  • Foster inter-disciplinary collaboration in cybersecurity workforce development across the University;
  • Develop and deliver educational opportunities, academic discovery, commercialization opportunities; and 
  • Help the State of Georgia support public and private sector workforce demands through high-quality offering of certificates, degree programs, and ongoing education for managers and high-level executives.