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HBCU Cybersecurity Roundtable

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 2:30 PM ET

Join the Fordham Center for Cybersecurity (FCC) – and their Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) – and representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to learn about their academic cybersecurity needs, concerns, plans, and how CEDI has helped MSIs address these needs. This panel discussion will also cover CEDI’s mission and the free benefits of CEDI’s MSI academic cybersecurity curriculum.

Moderated by CEDI Co-Chair, Amelia Estwick, Co-Chair Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative

Panelists include:

  • Thaier Hayajneh, Founder and Director, Fordham Center for Cybersecurity and CEDI Co-Chair
  • Cherese Winstead, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology
  • Derrek Dunn, Dean, School of Business and Technology, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
  • Dennis Sigur, Professor, Computer Science, Dillard University
  • Renae P. Weathers, NCAE-C Program Director, NSA National Cryptologic University

Get to Know CEDI

The CAE-Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) is sponsored by NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) program office and stems from the Minority Serving Institutions Working Group (MSI-WG). The CAE-CEDI Coalition is Co-Chaired by Dr. Thaier Hayajneh of Fordham University and Dr. Amelia Estwick. 

CAE-CEDI works to connect Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), such as:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
  • Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NANTIs)
  • American Indian Alaska Native Serving Institution (AIANSIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs)

who can benefit from developing or expanding cybersecurity related offerings, with the resources needed to further their institutions. Providing support and assistance tailored to the needs of participating MSIs to self-sustain their cybersecurity offerings.  *The intent to achieve NCAE-C designation is not a prerequisite for CAE-CEDI participation. 

In partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA), the CEDI program helps MSIs develop high-quality cybersecurity programs for the future possibility of NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation in cyber defense education. This application is designed for MSI designated institutions requesting CEDI Support for their Cybersecurity programs. These questions allow us to learn more about your institution and better place you within the CEDI program.

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