Rose State College Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Published May 22, 2015 by Emily Fisher

Midwest City, Okla. – Rose State’s Cyber Security program has been re-awarded designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

“Rose State’s Cyber Security program is considered the undisputed leader and served as the only two-year program in the country that awarded all six CNSS (Committee on National Security Systems) cyber security certifications,” said Jim Hester, Associate Dean of Business. Transfer agreements afford Rose State students the opportunity to continue their education in Cyber Defense to obtain a Bachelor’s from OSU IT or Master’s degree from Tulsa University. Many Rose State students have gone on to work for government agencies such as the CIA, FBI, and the FAA.

The National Center of Academic Excellence was created by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to promote higher education efforts in Information Assistance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD). What was previously an opportunity for four-year institutions only, the NSA and DHS extended the opportunity to two-year institutions, technical schools, and government training centers in 2010. Designation cycles range from a three to six year period and Rose State College was the first among six to receive this prestigious designation from 2010-2015 and is the only school in the state of Oklahoma being re-awarded for 2015-2020.

Ken Dewey, Director/Professor of Networking/Cyber Security explained the NCAE certificate is awarded based on the outreach to the community, curriculum, procedures and policies in place by the institution, proven transfer agreements for advanced degrees, student-research, and faculty practice and research.

Ken will travel to Las Vegas, NV to receive the certificate on June 15, at the 19th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Conference. To learn more about Rose State’s Cyber Security program or scholarship opportunities, contact Ken Dewey by email or by calling (405) 733-7977.

Rose State’s cyber security program dovetails with other offerings at the College which include counterterrorism, criminal justice and political science courses.