National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD)

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There are three types of designations in National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program managed by the NSA’s National Cryptologic School. They are National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD), National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research (NCAE-R), and National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (NCAE-CO). East Carolina University has been designated as a NCAE-CD since 2005.

The goal of CAE is:

  • Reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Cyber Defense (CD)
  • Produce a growing number of professionals with expertise in CD disciplines
  • Proactively increase our understanding of robust CD technology, policy, and practices that will enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event
  • Contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art CD knowledge and practice

The Department of Technology Systems offers several programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level that meets these goals. Our dynamic faculty, state-of-art laboratories, and partnerships with business and industry help us prepare our graduates with technical and professional skills needed to design, deploy, manage, and apply techniques of securing and protecting the integrity and availability of information systems and communication networks in governmental, private, and non-profit organizations.


Select any of the following links to learn more about our information security related programs:

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Programs


  • CAE-CD Center Point of Contact (PoC): Dr. Te-Shun Chou
  • CAE-CD Center Alternate PoC: Dr. Biwu Yang
  • Institutional Accounts Administrator: Dr. Tijjani Mohammed
  • Faculty members: Mr. Steve Baker, Dr. Te-Shun Chou, Dr. Chuck Lesko, Dr. Peng Li, Mr. Brian Miller, Dr. Tijjani Mohammed, Dr. Erol Ozan, Dr. John Pickard, Dr. Ciprian Popoviciu, Mr. Travis Powell, Dr. Karla Thompson Varnell, and Dr. Biwu Yang

Student cybersecurity activities available to students at the institution and beyond:

Internal cybersecurity news:

External cybersecurity news:

The institutional security resources and awareness:

Up-to-date links to key cybersecurity resources for students:

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC):

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Advisory Board

The advisory board of the Information and Cybersecurity Technology Program meets at least once each year to provide input on academics, research, administration, outreach, advocacy, and development. The board reviews the graduate and undergraduate curriculum and degree programs, program educational objectives, and program learning outcomes, and offers suggestions for change to keep them current. The board evaluates the quality and scope of research, its relationship to programs, its relevancy, and helps guide future directions. The board recommends ways to build new relationships with industry and to strengthen existing relationships.

Mr. Scott Neal
Durham Tech Community College

Kris Augustus
Red Hat Inc.

Constance Boahn
Board Secretary
Department Chair, Engineering and Information Technologies
Central Carolina Community College

James Bradshaw
Solutions Engineer
Net App

John Burton

Dale Drummond
Board Co-Chair

Mallory Foutch
University Recruiting

Ryan Gibson
University Relations Manager
Cisco Systems

John Hawley, Jr
IT Client Service Operations Manager – Vice President
BB&T IT Platform Services – Web Production Engineering

Marc Holloman
Cisco Systems

Steve Cook
Research Directorate


Philip King
Director, Information Technology
Credit Suisse

Sunil Ladekar
Member of Technical Staff (Switch Engineering Lead)
NetApp, Inc.

Rob Martin
Board Chair

Roy Moorman
Cisco Systems

Lauren Power
Red Hat Academy Specialist
Red Hat, Inc.

Bob Speakman
Wellstar Health System
VP, Chief Technology Officer

Lindsey Street
Converged Infrastructure Solutions Architect
Net App

Trisha Turlington
Business Development Manager
Red Hat, Inc.

Jhandel Restrepo
Product Owner BI & Analytics, Red Hat

Rick Shouse
Navy Federal Credit Union

Kevin Mckenzie
Cisco Systems

Scott Neal
Durham Tech CC.