Cybersecurity Programs Validated by the National Security AgencyMDC is the first Florida college with two cybersecurity programs validated by the NSA

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MDC received its second validation from the National Security Agency (NSA), making it the first institution in Florida to offer both associate and bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity validated by NSA. MDC also holds a prestigious designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by NSA for its impressive cybersecurity curriculum.

College officials at the Tech Hub Higher Education Conference at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, announced the NSA validation for the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity through 2029, the highest standard of quality for a cybersecurity degree in the nation. MDC received NSA validation in 2022 for the Associate of Science in Cybersecurity.

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The distinction acknowledges MDC’s rigorous cybersecurity curriculum standards and academic delivery excellence from faculty to equip students with expert knowledge and skills to protect and defend against the cyber threat landscape.

According to a letter from the NSA, the college’s ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The NSA’s National Cyber Strategy addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace.

With this recent validation, students who complete MDC’s bachelor’s in cybersecurity receive explicit recognition in their transcripts. They are also eligible to apply for grants, training and scholarships from NSA and other federal partners.

Get more information about MDC’s cybersecurity programs.