Information Security and Cyber ​​Defense Program by Peggy Lomas


Riverside City College’s Information Security and Cyber ​​Defense program has achieved CAE-CD validation from the National Science Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The validation confirms that the program’s curriculum meets the standards set by the NSA and the Department of Defense to articulate effective cybersecurity training. It further confirms that the courses in the program align with and meet criteria related to knowledge units developed under the U.S. Government’s focus areas.

The NSA evaluates and accredits institutions that offer cybersecurity degrees and programs. CAE-CD validation is a rigorous and prestigious process performed by security experts and other institutions.

“I’m extremely excited to get this validation for our program,” said Skip Berry, associate professor of Computer Information Systems – Cybersecurity. “It sets our program apart and lets employers know that our students are in a quality program.”

Students who complete the program enter a high-demand field knowing that they have met the requirements of the CAE-CD curriculum. Doing so further enhances their career opportunities.

“We are very grateful for the support of our administration and our business partners and corporate and industry leadership team to help achieve this recognition,” Berry said. “CAE-CD validation also offers program directors the opportunity to improve business partnerships and student recruitment.

Students graduating in June 2022 can earn a certificate for completing the CAE-CD curriculum. Validation of the program will run until June 2027 and can be renewed.

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