The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College announced a collaboration with the NSA Day of Cyber, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of cyber issues and encourage students to pursue STEM-related careers.
Excelsior College’s Day of Cyber, to be held on January 28 in recognition of “Data Privacy Day,” affords learners the opportunity to experience a day in the life of numerous National Security Agency (NSA) cybersecurity personnel. Learners will be allowed to take a virtual seat beside skilled NSA personnel in the NSA Cyber Threat Center and help solve challenging real-life cyber scenarios. These experiences are intended to inspire students to pursue an educational pathway leading to cyber careers. At the conclusion of the program, learners will be awarded both a personalized Cyber Resume, which summarizes their unique experiences, as well as provided detailed course guidelines for Excelsior College cyber degree programs.
“NCI is a well-recognized institution in our nation’s capital with a highly respected reputation for preparing historically underserved students and women for careers in cybersecurity,” said Dr. Jane LeClair, Chief Operating Officer of the National Cybersecurity Institute. “There is a growing need for well trained and educated workers in the STEM and cybersecurity fields with hundreds of thousands of job openings expected in the next decade. Education is a major key providing skilled employees in the years.”
The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College, based in Washington DC, is an academic and research center based in Washington, DC dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology, and education. Excelsior College also offers a variety of cybersecurity programs at the bachelor and graduate level, several which are aligned with the academic requirements for cyber operations set by the NSA. Excelsior has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a recognition which extends through 2019, by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
“Excelsior’s cybersecurity curriculum offerings provide a sound educational platform to meet the nation’s growing cybersecurity needs,” Dr. Karl Lawrence, Dean of Excelsior College’s School of Business and Technology.
The NSA Day of Cyber Program is free to teachers, students, learning institutions and organizations in the United States. Interested parties can register by going to http://www.nsadayofcyber.com.
Excelsior College (http://www.excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College
The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College is an academic and research center based in Washington, DC dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology, and education. NCI is shaping a coordinated effort to build the cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cyber security policy. NCI is targeting the development of effective cybersecurity practice in specific sectors, including health care, finance, utilities/energy, telecommunications, and education/training.