Guest Blogger: This piece was contributed by Dr. Ulku Clark, Professor of Information Systems and the Director of the Center for Cyber Defense Education at UNCW.
UNCW is excited to announce their membership in the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network (AEN). The AEN includes 84 colleges and universities working with USCYBERCOM Headquarters, Joint Force HQ-DODIN, the Cyber National Mission Force, Air Force Cyber Command, Army Cyber Command, US Fleet Cyber Command, US Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, and the US Coast Guard Cyber Command. The goals of this strategic partnership are to engage future workforce, increase cyber applied research and innovation, expand cyber-focused analytic partnerships, and enrich strategic dialogue.
“Cyber Command’s goal for the AEN is to strengthen our relationships and communication with these participating institutions,” said USCYBERCOM’s Executive Director David Frederick. “This will improve and sustain our efforts to meet cyberspace educational requirements and workforce needs.”
“UNCW is thrilled to partner with USCYBERCOM,” stated Dr. Ulku Clark, Director of UNCW’s Center for Cyber Defense Education. “There are six major military installations within 100 miles of UNCW. We are looking forward to support USCYBERCOM by filling military and civilian cybersecurity vacancies with our graduates of five different UNCW cybersecurity programs, and by our faculty focusing their research on some of the USCYBERCOM technical challenge problems."
“This partnership will provide applied learning opportunities for UNCW students, especially those enrolled in the newly launched B.S. in Cybersecurity,” added Dr. James Winebrake, UNCW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
USCYBERCOM will utilize the experiences and research from its faculty and student members to gain unique insights. Members of the AEN will have access to virtual engagements, applied research and capstone mentorships, as well as enterprise-wide internship, fellowship and recruiting programs. Through the collaborative process, the AEN can create an adaptive and expansive workforce of highly capable cyber professionals.
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