New Multi-discipline Cyber Institute Opens at Excelsior College

A new Washington, DC-based academic and research, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College, announced that it will officially open its doors on January 14th.

The institute is dedicated to assisting government, industry, military and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology and education through a variety of initiatives, an announcement this week said.

NCI will publish multidisciplinary academic research through the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, a peer reviewed journal with a particular focus on education, training and workforce development, as well as providing tailored cybersecurity training sessions via face-to-face instruction or at a distance.

An additional primary mission of NCI will be to advise Excelsior College on its cybersecurity academic offerings. Currently, the regionally-accredited, distance learning institution offers six cybersecurity programs, five of which have been certified to meet the National Security Agency’s Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Training Standards.

NCI will be led by COO Dr. Jane LeClair, formerly dean of Excelsior’s School of Business and Technology. Its advisory board is comprised of senior-level and experienced technology and policy experts, including board chair, Dr. Irving Lachow, who is the principal cybersecurity engineer at MITRE. The institute will also draw on the best minds in cybersecurity to inform its strategic vision, recruiting a host of industry practitioners on the ground-floor of the cybersecurity industry willing to serve as NCI Fellows.

The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is an academic and research center that’s dedicated to assisting government, industry, military and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology and education.

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, the college is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs.

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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