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Armstrong earns designation in cyber forensics excellence

POSTED: October 10, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Armstrong State University has been designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center. The university is only one of 14 institutions in the country to earn this prestigious designation.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Armstrong Interim President Jennifer L. Frum. “The National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence designation represents Armstrong’s commitment to continuing the advancement of cyber security and digital forensics education. As cyber operations accelerate globally, we are proud to be one of the country’s leading educators of digital forensics professionals.”

The National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence program is a partnership between academia, standards bodies and the U.S. government to establish best practices for digital forensics education. Education providers are held to digital forensics education standards based upon knowledge, skills and abilities used in the field. This approach advances the discipline of digital forensics and increases the number of qualified professionals to meet the needs of law enforcement, counterintelligence national defense and legal communities.

Designated schools teach a well-rounded digital forensics curriculum. Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education is an interdisciplinary center that offers undergraduate and graduate-level degrees, as well as various professional certifications, in areas such as cyber law, cyber warfare, cyber policy, digital forensics, cryptography, healthcare informatics and social media analytics.  

“Our students receive first-class instruction that prepares them to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks, monitor and secure networks and integrate best systems practices throughout the world,” noted Scott Scheidt, director of Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education. “Our diverse cyber education programs are uniquely suited to meet the demands of the 21st-century cyber workforce needs.”

In 2015, Armstrong was designated as a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The center also serves as a strong academic training partner for the U.S Army and Airforce Cyber workforces and is the academic advisory member of the National Defense Transportation Association.

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