Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD)

Further details to be announced shortly.

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For a successful project, we rely on the support of the IT community, educators, and businesses. We would love to have volunteers in the areas of education, IT, and community outreach. We also want your feedback and ideas. 

If you are interested in this program, please contact Josh Kremer:

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Josh Kremer

Program Coordinator, School of Information Technology

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National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Education Innovation Grant

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School of IT is awarded a “National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Education Innovation Grant” by the National Security Agency. In this grant, School of IT will join a coalition of institutions with CAE designations to provide workshops and short courses to train CAE faculty who are teaching cybersecurity courses.

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            Faculty Workshop and Hybrid Course Registration

In addition, the School of IT will provide scholarships for UC students and students from other CAEs in the nation to take a Data Driven Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate. The certificate consists of four 7000-level IT courses, listed below: 

  • IT7020 Principles of Cybersecurity 
  • IT7021 Enterprise Network Forensics
  • IT7071 Machine Learning and Data Mining for IT 
  • IT7075 Data Driven Cybersecurity

The credits earned in the certificate can be counted toward the Master of Science in IT (MSIT) degree. The certificate is currently under the review of SoIT faculty and UC Graduate Committee. If it is approved by fall 2021, the scholarship will pay full or partial tuition for students to take the four courses through 2022. Please visit this page for updates on UC’s approval of the certificate and the application information. 

For any questions please contact Dr. Chengcheng Li: 

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Dr. Chengcheng Li

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Free Faculty Training Programs at University of Cincinnati

4-Week Summer Workshops

Purpose: For CAE faculty to adopt cybersecurity learning modules developed by UC professors. Faculty will receive all teaching materials, answers to the assignments, and hands-on labs. (The two workshops will be hosted at the same time in August. You are welcome to sign up for one or both of them. Seats are limited for the first 20 applicants.)

Format: All teaching materials will be available for faculty to learn online asynchronously. A Canvas course will be available for registered faculty one week before the workshop starts. Online synchronous sessions will be organized for 2-4 hours each Monday to go over the course contents, assignments, and exams. 

Enterprise Network Forensics August 2 – August 27 The workshop is to introduce 10 learning modules under the topic of network forensics to CAE faculty. These modules focus on computer forensic software tools and techniques that are used to obtain, analyze, and report digital forensic evidence. The lecture videos, assignments, and forum discussion topics are already developed for CAE faculty to adopt. 

Data-Driven Cybersecurity August 2 – August 27 The workshop is to teach CAE faculty to adopt a newly developed course in data-driven cybersecurity which intends to convert cybersecurity challenges into data science challenges. The learning modules include surveying network data types, writing scripts to dissect network packets and automate threat identification process, applying data science techniques to visualize, analyze, and predict threat behaviors. 

8-Week Hybrid Courses

Purpose: For CAE faculty to study a hybrid cybersecurity course by going through all the lectures, assignments, and projects to obtain a course completion grade. 

Format: All teaching materials will be available for faculty to learn online asynchronously. A dedicated week will be for synchronous sessions at UC campus for faculty to take lectures and work on assignments with UC instructors. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, the on-campus sessions may be changed to online synchronous sessions. 

Principles of Cybersecurity August 30 – October 22 Students will be exposed to multiple cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures. The learning modules introduce students to the topics in network protocols, cryptography, penetration testing, laws and policies, scripting, IDS, access control, and IoT security.

Data-Driven Cybersecurity October 25 – December 17 This course explores different types of network data from text-based log files to complex and proprietary binaries. Students will have hands-on practice using scripting languages and software tools to visualize and process network data and identify threats and malicious activities on networks. 

Dr. Chengcheng Li

Link to register: Registration Form