CEDI by the Numbers

The CAE-Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) has been instrumental in providing much needed support and resources to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) since its inception. In the past year, the program has helped 100 MSIs to develop or expand their cybersecurity-related offerings. We have supported institutions by providing student, faculty, and curricula development, as well as mentorship and advisement.

Moreover, after two years of serving Minority Serving Institutions, we learned about the lack of hardware and software and the impact on the ability of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to provide hands-on components of cybersecurity education and training. Without access to the latest hardware and software tools, students may not be able to gain practical experience with the technologies and systems that they will encounter in their careers. Furthermore, the lack of access to hardware and software can affect the quality of research that faculty and students can conduct. In cybersecurity research, access to specialized hardware and software tools is often essential to perform experiments and analyze data. Without access to these tools, MSIs programs struggled to compete with other institutions in the field.

Therefore, we acknowledged the necessity of implementing hardware and software into existing cybersecurity programs within the MSI community. Our most recent services support institutions with the implementation of a sustainable cybersecurity lab.

Overall, by providing tailored support and assistance, CEDI has enabled these institutions to self-sustain their cybersecurity offerings, regardless of their NCAE-C designation. The program's success in advancing diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity field is a testament to its importance and impact.

If you would like to know more about the institutions supported by CEDI, access our interactive map, where you can see learn more about the work we have accomplished.

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