Michigan Tech at Forefront of Federal Cybersecurity Research

Michigan Technological University
May 14, 2024
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Michigan Tech's cybersecurity research program has garnered national acclaim by the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more to find out how MTU's programs are informing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Michigan Technological University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research (CAE-R) by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CAE-R designation recognizes Michigan Tech as meeting rigorous requirements set forth by the NSA and extends through the 2029 academic year.

“CAE-R designation gives us access to many federal cybersecurity research grants, boosts our national recognition and elevates our position in the cybersecurity research field,” said Bo Chen, a cybersecurity expert in Michigan Tech’s College of Computing. Chen, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, chaired the CAE-R designation committee at Tech.

The CAE-R designation program was established to build, support and engage a cadre of experts who can address new challenges presented by an onslaught of ever-evolving cyberattacks. The program “addresses a critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace,” said Renae Weathers, NSA National CAE program manager. The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research said a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage.

In February 2023, Michigan Tech was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), which is in effect through 2028. At MTU, the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems Center for Cybersecurity serves as the hub for the CAE-R and CAE-CD programs.

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