About ICDE Program

What is the CAE-2Y? In an effort to increase the workforce needed to fill the gap between cybersecurity graduates and cybersecurity jobs, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence two-year Education (CAE-2Y). With the goal of reducing our cyber vulnerability in our national information infrastructure, the CAE-2Y program promotes higher education and research in cyber defense. This knowledge acquired by the CAE-2Y students will proactively increase the understanding of a robust Cyber Defense Technology to avert a catastrophic cyber incident. The result of the CAE-2Y program is the graduation of Gwinnett Tech students trained with expertise in cybersecurity in all areas of computing. Furthermore, students attending a CAE-2Y college program are eligible to apply for grants and scholarships through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarships for Service Program.



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National Security Agency Insignia

NSA logo used for Cyber Defense Program in Gwinett Tech

When NSA was established in 1952 it had no emblem; the new organization simply used the Department of Defense emblem. William F. Friedman, the father of modern American cryptology, suggested to the Director, LTG Ralph Canine, in 1955 that there be a design competition for an NSA emblem, but the idea was not accepted.

NSA adopted its own emblem, the first of two, in 1963. There is no information available as to the origin or design of that first emblem; its earliest noted use was on the cover of the February 1963 NEWSLETTER. The second emblem, the one still in use today, first appeared in September 1966.

The second emblem was designed under the instructions of LTG Marshall Carter, who became Director in June 1963. As the designer, Richard Nachman of the Agency's graphic design branch, recalls it, he was summoned one day in 1965 to the Director's office and asked to design a new emblem -- "something unique" was his only guidance. After researching heraldry at the Library of Congress, he prepared the new emblem; LTG Carter approved it on the spot. There was no special announcement or ceremony for the new emblem.

National Security Agency Website

In 1996, NSA Director Lt Gen Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF, requested an emblem be created which represented both the National Security Agency and Central Security Service. Although NSA had its own emblem, one had not yet been made for CSS. As a result, the emblem was designed and adopted in that year.

CSS logo used for Cyber Defense Program in Gwinett Tech

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, enacted 28 December 2001, amended the National Security Act of 1947 and codified the USCG as part of the Intelligence Community. The new CSS seal was created in September 2002 to reflect the transformations taking place within the Intelligence Community and NSA/CSS, particularly the admission of the United States Coast Guard into the United States Cryptologic System.

The new seal now displays all five of the Service Cryptologic Components, which are comprised of the United States Fleet Cyber Command, the United States Marine Corps Director of Intelligence,

the United States Army's Intelligence and Security Command, the 25th Air Force, and the US Coast Guard Deputy Assistant Commandant for Intelligence. Each is equally balanced around a five-point star on which is centered the symbol of NSA/CSS, who provides the funding, direction, and guidance to all of America's SIGINT activities.

Department of Homeland Security Website


The ICDE Program and Oversight chair is Dr. Karen Benson, Kbenson@gwinnetttech.edu. The contributing committee consists of Dean, Garfield Anderson, GAnderson@gwinnetttech.edu and Ms. Deborah von Deutsch, DVonDeutsch@gwinnetttech.edu.

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