NCCU School of Business Center for Cybersecurity

Center of Academic Excellence

North Carolina Central University (NCCU), an HBCU in Durham, NC, is proud to announce that the School of Business Bachelor of Science, Information Technology concentration in Cybersecurity, is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This prestigious recognition highlights NCCU's commitment to excellence in cybersecurity education, research and workforce development.

The CAE designation is awarded to academic institutions that meet stringent criteria set forth by the National Security Agency. These criteria include demonstrating a robust curriculum in cybersecurity and related fields, engaging in impactful research and innovation, fostering collaboration with industry and government partners, and contributing to the advancement of the cybersecurity workforce.


Cybersecurity Programs

The cybersecurity programs at NCCU prepare students, cyber professionals and managers with the critical competence needed to immediately contribute to the dynamic world of cybersecurity. Students have three ways to be engaged with this opportunity — through an undergraduate major concentration, a minor or a certificate credential.


The NCCU School of Business Center of Cybersecurity provides education to cyber-conscious individuals who desire to be of service to support the protection of privacy, security and overall ways of life for our communities. As the world becomes increasingly more digitized, cyberspace is becoming more expansive and open to a greater array of risks.  

Information Technology Security

North Carolina Central University promotes, protects, upholds, and welcomes the freedom of expression to engage in academic research and exchange knowledge with the larger academic community. NCCU Information Technology Services (ITS) aims to educate all NCCU employees and students about the policies that govern the usage of NCCU computing services and networks and to promote security awareness and prevention in order to maintain a safe and dependable network.

Student Organizations

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IT Eagles

The IT Eagles are a group of students (mainly comprised of CIS majors) who network to build both student and professional relationships. The overall goal of the organization is to secure internships and keep informed of trending technical advancements. The IT Eagles also help coordinate North Carolina Central University's involvement in IT-related competitions, RTP site visits and overall student academic progression.



Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) was established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, partnerships and collaboration benefits for all women, male allies and advocates with a strong mission to recruit, retain and advance women in cybersecurity.


Cranford-Wesley, Deanne

Director of CyberSecurity Lab


location icon C. T. Willis Commerce Building, Room 101

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Everett, LaTonya



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Karanja Erastus

Asst. Professor


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McClain, John



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Rosso, Mark A

Associate Professor


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Schnell, Karen



location icon C. T. Willis Commerce Building, Room 306

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ADMI Cybersecurity CTF Challenge Competition

The Association of Computer Science Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) hosted a Cybersecurity CTF Challenge Competition as part of the 2022 ADMI Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions. Teams from a number HBCUs competed for prizes and bragging rights on Friday, March 25, 2022. Each member of the school team(s) registered and participated in the full ADMI Symposium. 

Cybersecurity Opportunities

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

The mission of NICE is to energize, promote and coordinate a robust community working together to advance an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training and workforce development.

National CyberWatch Center

The Center's roles include advocating for cybersecurity education programs; building cybersecurity education and workforce development programs; collaborating with educational institutions, businesses, government entities and professional organizations; and coordinating collaborative cybersecurity education, assessment and research programs.

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

For over twenty years, the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) has been the sole forum in which the members of the academic field of cybersecurity have gathered to present and discuss new ideas. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers and educators from across the country.

Digital Evidence: Introduction - Forensic Science Simplified

Digital devices are everywhere in today’s world, helping people communicate locally and globally with ease. Most people immediately think of computers, cell phones and the internet as the only sources of digital evidence, but any piece of technology that processes information can be used in a criminal way.

President Biden Announces Cybersecurity Funding

President Biden announced $25 million in funding for cybersecurity education at HBCUs.

Journal of Information Security

The Journal of Information Security (JIS) is an openly accessible journal published quarterly. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of information security.

We are now a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE), designated by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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The CAE Community

Institutions that receive a CAE-C designation have met the rigorous requirements set forth by the sponsor of the program, the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA awards CAE-C designations to institutions that commit to producing cybersecurity professionals that will reduce vulnerabilities in our national infrastructure.

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The NSA's Cryptologic School

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program is managed by NSA's National Cryptologic School. Federal partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), 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 (USCYBERCOM).

CIS Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Members

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Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley

Director Cybersecurity, Computer Information Systems Department at NCCU

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Joe Gipson

Cisco Systems, Operation Manager

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Les McCollum

ICMA-RC MPS, Managing Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

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Maria S. Thompson

State of North Carolina, Chief Risk & Security Officer, Dept. of Information Technology

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Kimiko Sumner

Microsoft, Azure Security Manager

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Shea Warren

Dell Technologies, Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategist

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Pablo Martinez

Fidelity Investments, Head of Cyber Security Operations

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Jerry Fralick

Retired: Lenovo, Chief Security Officer (Cyber)

Cybersecurity Partnerships


Cranford-Wesley, Deanne

Director of CyberSecurity Lab


location icon C. T. Willis Commerce Building, Room 101

email icon [email protected]

phone icon 919-530-5019

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