The emerging field of cybersecurity is based on an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy, and standards regarding security of and operations in cyberspace.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity (from UMA and USM)
This 30-credit online Master of Science in Cybersecurity was developed jointly by the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and the University of Southern Maine (USM). Faculty from each institution designed the program to emphasize a theoretical framework with hands-on applications.
Coursework includes activities with UMA’s Maine Cybersecurity Range, an academic and research operation that will bring together students and faculty in counterattacking simulated attacks on computer systems, and USM’s two virtual systems clusters.
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
Started in the fall of 2015, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences and ethics.
National Centers of Academic Excellence
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Program. The goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. This program contributes significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art cyber defense knowledge and practice.
As of April 2019, the University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2019-2024. This designation was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity. We are the only 4-year program in Maine to be recognized.