On October 6, 2017, the University of Wisconsin Stout was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for academic years 2017-2022 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). UW-Stout is the first four-year university in the state of Wisconsin to receive this prestigious designation.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified that the curriculum of the Computer Networking & Information Technology (CNIT) program at UW-Stout meets or exceeds the requirements, as cited by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP).
As a result of the designation, students attending cyber defense programs are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. The official letter of notification for the designation was sent to the university's administration, the Wisconsin governor, members of the U.S. Congress, and appropriate congressional committees.
Through dedicated faculty and support from administration, the cyber defense initiative provides a core structure whereby UW-Stout can help reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure. We accomplish this by a disciplined approach to course content and program guidance, communicating with industry about current cyber defense information, and by providing leadership through collaboration among students, faculty, and other institutions. We help produce outstanding graduates.
CyROC promotes awareness, research, and outreach related to cybersecurity to meet the cybersecurity research, education, and workforce needs of the State of Wisconsin.
The Center will become a regional and national leader for multidisciplinary research and outreach related to cybersecurity. It will be among one of the best cybersecurity research and outreach centers in the mid-west region and nation, and as such will:
• Serve as UW-Stout’s hub for interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity;
• Serve local, regional and national communities through research outreach and research-driven training, awareness and education;
• Collaborate and partner with synergistic entities within and outside UW-Stout, both public and private sectors;
• Build an agile and efficient environment that supports faculty research exploration and curriculum and program developments relating to cybersecurity.