Through to 2021, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated a special focus area of Security Policy Development and Compliance to UMSL. UMSL has also been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), which was also granted by the NSA and DHS.
“This focus area specialization demonstrates the academic rigor of our cybersecurity program,” Assistant Professor of Information Systems Maurice Dawson said. “There are many cyber programs here in the St. Louis metropolitan region, but no one else has received the CAE designation. UMSL has gone a step beyond and achieved a focus area specialization. Within just three years of creating the program, UMSL has established itself as a premier institution for cyber education in the Midwest region.”
Focus area specializations are only available to centers of academic excellence, and UMSL is the only institution within Missouri and all of its eight neighboring states to hold any of the 17 available focus areas. Students have a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate certificates as well as an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity. The university has also added two new degree programs, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cybersecurity.
UMSL’s cybersecurity program is a multidisciplinary effort between the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Information Systems in the College of Business Administration. This collaborative approach allows students to explore the many avenues of information security and adapt to the evolving nature of the field.