RVC Designated as Cyber Defense Institution

Rock Valley College’s Data Assurance & IT Security Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree has been approved as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA).

In addition to validating the quality of RVC’s Data Assurance & IT Security program, CAE status is recognized by a growing number of businesses and professional associations, thereby bringing prestige and opportunities for new and beneficial partnerships. Businesses will be more likely to turn to a CAE institution for training and new hire needs. Earning a degree from a CAE designated school will improve students’ opportunities in job searches and further academic advancement. Faculty members also benefit from being a part of the CAE Community and professional development opportunities provided by NSF-supported Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers and projects.

RVC is now one of five community colleges and 12 academic institutions in Illinois to receive this designation. The College applied for consideration several months ago and navigated a rigorous process with stringent criteria to earn this special designation. 

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National CAE-CD program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

To learn more about RVC’s Data Assurance & IT Security degree, visit rockvalleycollege.edu/data