The Leader in Undergraduate Cybersecurity Education

The Kennesaw State University Cybersecurity program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become leaders in the rapidly expanding field of cybersecurity. Through this program, students will learn to develop and implement cybersecurity strategies, respond to threats and incidents, manage risk to information assets, and solve real-world cyber problems using appropriate tools and methodologies. This multidisciplinary program is open to students from all backgrounds, whether or not they have prior experience in cybersecurity.

Since 2004, KSU has been recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Security Education (CAE/IAE) and has been re-designated in 2007, 2012, 2015, and 2022. Recently, in February 2022, KSU was re-designated under the new NSA CAE in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program, with its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program being the first validated Program of Study, valid through 2027.

Dr. Mike Whitman serves as the primary contact for all CAE-related communications and is designated as the Institutional Accounts Administrator for CAE at CCE.


KSU Designated as National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated KSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C), specifically as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (NCAE-CDE), and has certified that KSU’s BS in Cybersecurity meets or exceeds the requirements and standards expected of a leader in cybersecurity education.

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Cybersecurity Degree Student Journeys

Asher Andree, BS in Cybersecurity Class of 2019

Kennesaw State University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program has greatly contributed to my growth both professionally and personally. After graduation, I was able to join a young and rapidly-growing cybersecurity firm in the Atlanta area, which allowed me to quickly jump into the world of consulting. This was all thanks to connections I formed during my time at KSU. I've since been able to grow into a full-time career as a penetration tester and red teamer, helping organizations secure their critical assets and helping to reduce business risk.

My experiences from the CYBR program have been extremely valuable during this entire process. The technical and managerial concepts taught in the courses aided me in multiple real-world settings and projects. Additionally, I’d argue that the extracurricular opportunities at KSU, such as the Offensive Security club and SECCDC competition, are key differentiators for the program, and are nearly equal to the value of an entire undergraduate degree in themselves.

If you are local to the Atlanta area, it’s also worth noting the extremely advantageous location that KSU possesses. The Atlanta technology sector is growing rapidly, with many large organizations in the city seeking talented individuals from universities like KSU.

Madison Loewe, BS in Cybersecurity Class of 2021

Kennesaw State University alumna Madison Loewe graduated summa cum laude in Spring 2021. For her graduating class, she was recognized as the Cybersecurity Student of the Year. This honor had been noticed by Risk3sixty, and they reached out to Loewe about an interview. While going through the interview process, she noticed that she enjoyed talking to the team and reading their content online and determined that this was the place for her. Soon after, Loewe was an Associate at Risk3sixty and worked within the GRC space with their SOC 2 team. The material she had learned throughout her college journey had been integral to understanding the work she would be doing and preparing her to face the challenges of cybersecurity. In her role, she is continuously learning and growing as she interacts with many aspects of the cybersecurity field, from configurations to vendor management to penetration test reports, with many different business models. By April of 2022, she had been promoted to Senior Associate. Since then, Loewe has published content related to the SOC 2 attestation process, begun participating in a book club for professional development, and been studying for certifications.

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