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October 1, 2016

Welcome CyberWatch West's New Co-PI: Stephen D. Miller

Stephen Miller has been approved by the National Science Foundation to serve as a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for CyberWatch West. Miller is currently a tenured professor, subject matter expert. and the Director for Information Systems/Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College (CAE2Y/IA/CD). As a resident of Rockport, TX, Miller's involvement will help CyberWatch West do more effective outreach to all the states in its 14-state area of focus.

He developed online computer and network security certification and associates degree programs, offered since spring 2011. His community college has close working relationships with Veteran Affairs and military bases, with a retired Air Force veteran providing job development and career counseling for veterans.

A retired executive from the ExxonMobil Global Information Systems Department, Miller brings to this role experience in industry and the military, having served in the U.S. Army 1st Calvary Div. in Vietnam (computer specialist), worked with Univac Corp./NASA Mission Control on the APOLLO and Skylab missions (Communications and Telemetry Systems Analyst), and been employed by Ford's TechRep Division.

Through Miller's work with the Mescalero Apache Reservation and Dine’ College on the Navajo Reservation, a dual-credit cybersecurity certificate with pathways to associate and bachelor's degrees have been established through the community college's articulation partners. Miller is also a National Cyber League Operations Team member and a mentor for CAE2Y applicants through the C5 Mentor Program.


Coming Spring 2015 - Associates of Applied Science Degree Information Systems Cybersecurity

The ENMU Board of Regent approved the new Associates of Applied Science Degree Information Systems Cybersecurity Program. This degree program will be offered starting Spring 2015 semester.

 67 credit hours

The Associates of Applied Science in Information Systems (IS) Cybersecurity is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems security, information assurance and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations.  The focus of this program will be on the key components of information systems assurance and cybersecurity - people, software, hardware, data, security, and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE-2Y). This program is specifically designed to prepare and certify students as Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011and CNSSI No. 4016 Entry Level Risk Analysts or provide current Information Systems professionals with an Information Systems security certification to meet the needs of current and future employer requirements. Upon completion of this program students will receive a university certification of completion, the CompTIA Security+ and EC - Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ industry certification in addition to their degree. Key is that the program meets the CAE-2Y curriculum certification by the NSA and complies with the DOD 8570 certification. The students will participate in the Cybersecurity Challenge Competition with industry partners to demonstrate and apply program knowledge in the capstone class.
Contact Student Services to enroll in this program 575-257-2120.



December 22, 2014:

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity through academic year 2019, for the IA National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE-2Y) Certification.

NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA/CD programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA/CD and producing a growing number of professionals with IA/CD expertise in various disciplines. Designation is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Students attending CAE IA/CD-E and CAE IA/CD-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Designation as a Center does not carry a commitment for funding from NSA or DHS.

CAE IA/CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems.

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