The University of Dallas — Center for Cybersecurity is an established cybersecurity center within the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. In 2003, the University of Dallas was designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA). The University of Dallas values the support and guidance provided by the NSA and has been successfully re-designated as a CAE for nearly 20 years. Students graduating from the University of Dallas – have the confidence that the master’s Program of Study (POS) aligns with the NSA requirements and is a highly qualified CAE in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).
Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Sandra Blanke, Ph.D., is the Center for Cybersecurity Point of Contact (POC). Dr. Blanke is also the Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence Program Director and Ellis Endowed Chair in Management Technology. She holds technical certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified RISC (CRISC) expert. She maintains her technical certifications annually and stays current on cybersecurity topics, news and concerns through continuing technical and professional education courses, webinars, conferences, cybersecurity research, seminars and other resources offered by the NSA and industry.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and its affiliated federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), have designated the University of Dallas as a National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Cybersecurity and have certified that UD’s curriculum in cybersecurity meets or exceeds the requirements and standards expected of a leader in cybersecurity education.
The UD Center for Cybersecurity is additionally supported and guided by an external cybersecurity advisory board of executives, cybersecurity industry experts and business professionals. These external experts provide their insights, enabling UD to continue to develop quality academic programs of higher learning to help produce the nation’s cyber workforce.
The UD Center for Cybersecurity is a resource to students, alumni, prospective students and the community at large. The Center for Cybersecurity sponsors the following cyber programs and others:
Within the UD Center for Cybersecurity, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity for Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program of study offers students a real-world cybersecurity education taught by academically qualified, experienced industry professionals. The cybersecurity master’s programs dive into the critical cyber topics facing organizations today. UD graduates develop an in-depth understanding of the essential domains of cybersecurity, including compliance and legal issues, data protection, penetration testing, digital forensics, cyber operations and strategic cybersecurity management.