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UH-MC cyber security celebrated

The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated UH-Maui College a National Center of Academic Excellence in cyber defense through 2024, the college said.

The designation is for the college’s Applied Business and Information Technology bachelor’s degree program and aims to promote higher education and research in cyber defense and to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise.

Nationwide, only about 200 universities have been admitted to the program. UH-Maui College met program criteria, which includes multiple assessments, comments and mentorship.

The approval validates that the courses offered at the college are closely aligned with national standards in cybersecurity, the college said. The designation opens up opportunities for scholarships, grants and other ways to develop the curriculum, such as hosting conferences. 

The initiative was led by ABIT Program Coordinator Debasis Bhattacharya, who also oversees activities under UH-Maui College’s Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research, which was established in 2015.

Those interested in the ABIT program may go to maui.hawaii.edu/abit.

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