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NSA-CAE Designated Institution Certificate in Cyber Security Defense

CSU Pueblo has been designated by the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Center of Academic Excellence (NSA-CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) institution. Our Center for Cyber Security Education and Research (CCSER) together with the Hasan School of Management and our Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs offers the "NSA-CAE Designated Institution Certificate in Cyber Security Defense” for CSU Pueblo students completing the prescribed required CIS and Cyber Security courses.

CIS Cyber Security students who completed the requirements for the "NSA-CAE Designated Institution Certificate in Cyber Security Defense" demonstrate a wide level of technical proficiencies in the following cyber security areas: cyber threats and exploits, network and server side attacks, cryptography, encryption, steganography, password cracking, PW hash algorithms, network security defense and safeguards, wireless network security, audit logs. This knowledge is gained via excellent U.S. NSA and DHS cyber concepts and hands-on labs using Kali Linux, Wireshark, AirCrack-ng, Nmap, Hashcat, John the Ripper, Ophcrack, Burp Suite, and many other vulnerability analysis and penetration testing tools.

CIS Cyber Security students completing this certificate will also become knowledgeable of the non-technical or managerial aspects of cyber security such as Information Security strategy, cyberterrorism attacks (EMP Bombs, SCADA attacks, Stuxnet), metrics and baselines for cyber security effectiveness, Outsourcing IT and cyber security operations, IT security risk, threat vulnerability assessment, contingency and disaster recovery planning, and cyber law and ethics.


Students pursuing this NSA-CAE certification must complete a total of 28 credits. Please view the course catalog for the specific course requirements.

How to Enroll

CSU Pueblo students interested in the "NSA-CAE Designated Institution Certificate in Cyber Security Defense” can enroll in this certificate program by contacting an HSB academic advisor.  Please contact Gene Lucero or Sarah Mize to enroll. CIS majors completing the CIS Cyber Security emphasis area will be automatically enrolled into the certification program.

Prospective CSU Pueblo students interested in the "NSA-CAE Designated Institution Certificate in Cyber Security Defense” must fill out an application for CSU Pueblo. Students can be enrolled into the certification program after they are accepted into CSU Pueblo.

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