Center for Cyber Defense Education

UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education

UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education

Launched in April of 2018, the Center is dedicated to raising awareness levels of cybersecurity issues and supporting the development of Cyber Defense (CD) expertise in all UNCW Students, Faculty, and Staff as is appropriate to their chosen academic discipline or vocation. While the primary mission is supporting deep understanding of and intensive training in cyber topics for future CD professionals, the UNCW Center for CDE (UNCW-CCDE) also strongly advocates a more savvy cyber posture for practitioners of all academic disciplines, occupations, and walks of life.

The Center is organized under the auspices of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Strengthen the cybersecurity aptitude of our entire community of scholars so they are equipped to wisely balance the unique risks of living in an all-digital future.

Our Mission:

Graduate qualified cyber defense (CD) professionals who rigorously adhere to the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity and possess the skills necessary for thinking critically about cybersecurity issues and effectively solving problems in the cyberspace domain. These CD professionals will design, employ, and manage information systems and communication networks for governmental, private, and non-profit organizations using a risk-balanced approach that maximizes confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and systems while minimizing the impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of organizational operations.

UNCW is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through 2023, a designation given by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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