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HCC’s cybersecurity program receives national designation

Technology and Computer Studies Division

HCC’s cybersecurity program receives national designation

(October 26, 2021) - The cybersecurity program at Hagerstown Community College has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through the academic year 2026. 

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program, co-sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was established to meet this growing need for knowledgeable and skilled cybersecurity professionals within the Federal Government – and ultimately, within state and local governments and industry.

“This is truly an honor for Hagerstown Community College to once again receive the CAE designation,” said Diana Neeriemer, assistant professor of cybersecurity at HCC. “Not only will this benefit our students, but also the community and the tri-state area. Being a part of the CAE community will give us resources to continue to strengthen our program as we prepare our students for successful careers in cyber defense.” 

With the CAE designation, colleges and universities are formally recognized by the U.S. Government for their robust cybersecurity-related programs. These institutions have undergone an in-depth assessment and have met rigorous requirements in order to be designated. They are well postured to equip students with expert knowledge and skills to protect and defend against the cyber threat landscape. 

HCC offers two different associate degrees in cybersecurity, one for students who want immediate job entry and another for students who want to transfer to complete a four-year degree at a university. HCC also offers a 21-credit certificate in cybersecurity for students who want to prepare for industry certification examinations. 

To learn more about HCC’s cybersecurity program, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/cyber.