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NSA logoHCC Receives Accreditation for Network Security Program
Howard Community College has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year (CAE2Y) in Information Assurance. This institutional award is established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CyberWatch. HCC was recognized for having established a robust information assurance (IA) program, and has successfully mapped security courses to two of the Committee on National Security Systems training standards, CNSS 4011 and CNSS 4013, to receive the coveted status of CAE2Y. HCC is one of approximately 20 colleges across the country to earn this award.
The benefits of being CAE2Y institution are significant: recognition of the quality of the program by industry, professional associations, and academia; seamless program articulation with CAE universities; better job placement and/or transfer opportunities for students; opportunities for collaboration with other CAE2Y and CAE institutions; improved institutional standing in the local, regional, and professional community; opportunities for institutional and program marketing; and monetary supportHCC has developed the HCC Network Security Program in response to an increased awareness of threats to vital business data stored on business networks. 


Howard Community College, has been designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). The CDFAE aims to develop a partnership between academia and the government to establish standards and best practices for digital forensics practitioners, educators, and researchers to advance the discipline of Digital Forensics and to increase the number of qualified professionals to meet the needs of law enforcement, counterintelligence, national defense, and legal communities. The program encourages growth in specific Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields supporting the National Initiative Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework  

  Several curricula options are currently available in the Network Security Program:
Network Security Administration A.A.S. Degree
Network Security Information Technology A.A. Degree
Network Security Administration Certificate

Detailed course outlines, providing specific course components, for courses associated with CAE can be viewed from the links below.  

Course syllabi for CAE courses can be viewed from the following links.

 If you would like additional information about the Network Security programs, contact Dr. Mengistu Ayane at of 443-518-4471.