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, 2012, 2015 and 2022. 

In February 2022, KSU was re-designated under the new NSA CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program with the BS-Cybersecurity as its first validated Program of Study, through 2027.

Dr. Mike Whitman, Executive Director of the ICWD, is the point of contact for all CAE-related communications and the designated CAE Institutional Accounts Administrator.


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.

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