Leading Institution:
California State University, San Bernardino

CAE in Cybersecurity Community National Center

The CAE in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community National Center grant is administered through California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Focused on the development of a robust cybersecurity workforce, the CAE Community National Center will offer three primary functions to the 335+ CAE-C institutions and projects:

  1. Provide technical and logistical support for CAE events, activities, and curriculum
  2. Provide a portal of CAE resources for the community, geographic regions, and the Nation as a whole
  3. Engage and facilitate strategic initiatives for the Nation in the areas of research, student and faculty development, diversity, and other workforce development activities


The CAE Community National Center will directly fund and support five geographic areas known as CAE-C Regional Hubs (CRHs) to coordinate and expand cybersecurity workforce initiatives throughout the country. The CRHs are detailed as follows:

  • Northeast Regional Hub: consortium of Capitol Technology University, Mohawk Valley Community College, and Towson University
  • Southeast Regional Hub: consortium of the University of West Florida, University of South Florida–Cyber Florida, and Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Midwest Regional Hub: Moraine Valley Community College
  • Northwest Regional Hub: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Southwest Regional Hub: San Antonio College

The complexity of a cybersecurity workforce requires an ever-changing range of skills. The CAE-C Community National Center will also directly support three CAE-C Communities of Practice, focusing efforts on cyber research (CAE-R), cyber defense (CAE-CD), and cyber operations (CAE-CO). Each of these workforce and educational areas require specific competencies and skills and the goal of these communities of practice is to engage industry, academia, and government to help set a strategic direction for academia. Two major elements of the communities of practice include the INSuRE (Information Security Research and Education) Project and the NICE Challenge Project. INSuRE focuses on student research teams working with technical directors from government and national labs on real-world cybersecurity research problems. The NICE Challenge Project is a national educational cyber range designed around the NIST 800-181 cybersecurity workforce education framework. It is currently used by more than 450 colleges and universities.

The CAE-C Community National Center will partner in research, including a cybersecurity post-secondary education resource directory and feasibility study to create a high school Centers of Academic Excellence Program.

Please direct any and all comments, questions, concerns, problems, grievances, and bad jokes to the CAE in Cybersecurity Community National Center Director, Dr. Tony Coulson (tcoulson@caecommunity.org).

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Dr. Tony Coulson
Email: tcoulson@caecommunity.org
Kasandra Adams
Program and Assessment Manager
Email: kadams@caecommunity.org
Amy Hysell
CAE National Center Coordinator
Email: ahysell@caecommunity.org