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Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Certificate

Estrella Mountain Community College has proudly been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. As part of this designation we offer many resources in addition to our degree and certificate program.

Visit our Cybersecurity Program Details page for more information on programs and degrees.

 IT Security Associate Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in IT and Power Systems Security.

Cybersecurity Center Program Contacts

Local Cybersecurity Affiliations

  • EMCC Cybersecurity Linux Users Group (CSLUG) (Facebook page)
  • Arizona InfraGard - The mission of Arizona Infragard is to help protect the nation’s infrastructure by supporting the priorities of the FBI and cultivating partnerships with the public and private sectors.
  • Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA) - ACTRA is an alliance of like-minded cyber ranges which adopt a uniform code of conduct and commit to collaboration for the common good.
  • Sonoran Desert Users Group - SDSUG is a group of information technology professionals in the Phoenix area dedicated to digital systems security.
  • AZ Cyber Talent - AZ Cyber Talent is designed to be a one-stop resource for students, employees, employers, and educators in the AZ cybersecurity ecosystem.
  • Arizona Technology Council - The Arizona Technology Council works to connect, empower, and engage technology companies across Arizona through educational seminars, business legislative lobbying, and networking events.

CAE Cybersecurity Centers & Education Resources

  • Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso - ENMU-Ruidoso’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
  • Columbia Basin College - Columbia Basin College’s Cyber Security Center.
  • Coastline Community College - Coastline College’s Cybersecurity Center.
  • Whatcom Community College - Whatcom's Cybersecurity Center.
  • ASU Information Assurance Center - The Information Assurance Center is a university-wide center based in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision System Engineering of Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU, with faculty participants from Arts and sciences, Business, Engineering, Public Policy, Technology and Innovation.
  • NCyTE National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center - The NCyTE Center is committed to improving the quantity and quality of existing cybersecurity resources and building upon these resources to develop effective training and teaching modules.
  • U of A Information Assurance and Security Education Center - IASEC offers faculty, students and the community resources to study and address the cyber vulnerabilities of our nation’s information infrastructure.
  • Excelsior National Cybersecurity Institute - The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is an academic and research center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education.
  • NSF National CyberWatch Center - National CyberWatch Center continues its culture of collaboration, coordinating a broad national network of networks.
  • Cybersecurity Guide - The primary information provided on this site relates to cybersecurity degree programs — including associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and Ph.D. degrees — in both online and campus formats.  Additionally, we provide information about professional cybersecurity certification and career opportunities.
  • CSSIA - National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance - The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (About CSSIA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Resource Center. Since 2003, CSSIA has provided students with real-world learning experiences in information assurance and network security through several program improvement supportive initiatives.
  • National Convergence Technology Center - The National Convergence Technology Center was established to meet the workforce need for skilled specialists in Convergence Technology, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity.
  • CAE in Cybersecurity Community - The CAE in Cybersecurity Community provides for the fruitful exchange of relevant information, ideas, and events by CAE Institutions for CAE Institutions through weekly newsletters, web conferencing platforms, and by hosting the annual symposium for existing CAEs and applicants.
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) - The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.
  • Cyber Seek - To help close the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.