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CENTER FOR CYBER EDUCATION

Overview

WGU's Center for Cyber Education (CCE)

WGU'S CCE is an interdisciplinary center and a leader in cyber education and training. CCE began in January 2020 as a collaborative effort between administration, faculty, and staff across WGU to strengthen cyber education and training opportunities nationwide. CCE is dedicated to supporting cyber education across disciplines and affords students access to curriculum, programs, and industry partnerships that will give them skills needed in a 21st-century cyber workforce. CCE provides students with faculty trained in areas like network security, cryptography, digital forensics, cyber law, cyber policy, cloud security, cyber defense, and data management.

WGU's B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through the academic year 2026. The focus of the NCAE program is to promote higher education and research in cybersecurity and to develop agile cybersecurity professionals to fight the cyber threats our country faces.

Mission

 

CCE is committed to leading in the promotion of cybersecurity education, developing partnerships and training the cyber-workforce.

Strategic Goals

  • CCE will partner with industry and government to address cyber-workforce education and training.
  • CCE will establish and strengthen educational partnerships.
  • CCE will be the focal point for WGU’s cyber education programs.
  • CCE will provide general cyber defense information and outreach opportunities among students, faculty and other institutions.

Advisory Board Members

The Advisory Board assists with and supports the WGU Center for Cyber Education’s mission, goals, and initiatives. Members are industry, government, and community leaders who volunteer their expertise and time to provide guidance on cybersecurity careers, advances, challenges, and current and future trends.

Current board members are:

  • Chris Abbey, Incident Handler, Red Canary
  • Neil Borne, Infosec Advisor Lead, USAA
  • Ngozi Eze, Global CISO, LS&Co.
  • Ross Ferson, CTO, Ninestar Connect
  • Randall “Fritz” Frietsche, CISO, Denver Health
  • Kara Greer, PMO, Schneider Electric
  • Vance Krier, CTO, ANM
  • Marvin Marin, Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Christina Reynolds, Director (GovCon Cyber Compliance), BDO USA