University Recognized As Leader In Cyber-Defense

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The technology management program in the College of Education and Human Development has received another boost from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Texas A&M was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Defense both in education and research.

“This helps to put the technology management program on the map as a singularly vital contributor to the cyber education and initiatives at Texas A&M. We have the only undergraduate cybersecurity course that’s offered at the university. It’s coupled with digital ethics and that course helped make this whole thing possible,” explained Dr. Trez Jones, clinical assistant professor who also works half-time at the Cybersecurity Center.

The designations place Texas A&M amid a select group of only 30 universities who have earned both distinctions. The next step is to apply for designation as a CAE in Cyber Operations. If approved, Texas A&M will join the short list of six schools who have earned all three designations.

As stated in the designation letters, Texas A&M’s “ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.”

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