NSA Validation
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NSA Program of Study Validation

January 1, 2023
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Riverside City College’s Information Security and Cyber Defense program has achieved CAE-CD validation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

The validation confirms that the program curriculum meets the standards put forth by the NSA and Department of Defense in articulating effective Cybersecurity education. It further solidifies that the coursework within the program aligns with and meets criteria related to knowledge units developed as part of the US government’s focus areas. The NSA evaluates and accredits institutions that offer cyber security degrees and curricula. CAE-CD validation is a rigorous and prestigious process performed by security experts and other institutions. Students completing the program enter a high-demand field, knowing that they completed requirements for the CAE-CD program of study. Doing so, further improves their career opportunities. Students who graduate after June 2022 can obtain a certificate for completing the CAE-CD Program of Study. The program’s validation will run through June of 2027 and can be renewed. After having our Cyber Defense program validated by the NSA, Riverside City College has now been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the NSA.
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