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Center for Cyber Security Studies

The Center for Cyber Security Studies (CCSS) continues to be among the Academy’s leading strategic priorities as it prepares midshipmen for the constantly evolving technical landscape of the 21st century. The Center’s mission is to enhance education in all areas of cyber warfare, creating opportunities to share cyber expertise and perspective and increasing interdisciplinary research at the United States Naval Academy.

In October 2020, USNA received the prestigious National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) designation for its B.S. in Cyber Operations program. The NSA CAE-CO designation is given to programs with deeply technical, interdisciplinary curricula meeting comprehensive and rigorous approval criteria. CCSS is the 14th undergraduate program and 22nd school overall to hold the designation nationwide.

In the 2020-2021 academic year:

•  Cyber Operations was the largest major in the School of Math and Science, second largest STEM major at USNA and the third largest major across USNA for this reporting period.
•  The Class of 2021 had 89 cyber ops majors, the Class of 2022 has 100, the Class of 2023 has 59 and the Class of 2024 has 60.
•  In February 2021, the Center for Cyber Security Studies reached a milestone when the first Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) discussion was held in the Keyser Classified Education and Research Facility (CERF) with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), ADM Michael M. Gilday '85, USN.
•  After winning the annual National Security Agency (NSA) Cyber Exercise (NCX) in 2018, the U.S. Naval Academy became NCX Champions once again in 2021.
•  Thirty midshipmen participated in internships during Summer 2021, which consisted of both in-person and virtual opportunities based on the current pandemic posture of the government or industry sponsor.
•  Cyber faculty led a group of eight midshipmen on a Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) trip to Estonia. The midshipmen attended CyCon 2021: Going Viral from 25–28 May where they participated in a focused-training workshop on cyber infrastructure and met with leaders from several European partners.

For a complete narrative, please review the 2020-2021 The Center for Cyber Security Studies Stewardship Report.