Our Mission: “Prepare all students — including Native Hawaiian, local, and regional students — opportunities to prepare for employment in the information technology and information security career fields upon graduation.”
Our Vision: “Establish and expand the UHWO Cybersecurity Coordination Center as a center of academic excellence in information security and cyber defense, educating students to be engaged global citizens and leaders in our society.”
The University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu is dedicated to meeting state and regional needs in improving the practice of protecting critical information and information systems. The Center for Excellence in Information Security and Assurance facilitates this process through the execution of the following objectives.
- Promote awareness of information security and assurance issues.
- Establish and foster partnerships with industry, educational institutions, and professional organizations with the express purpose of:
- Information sharing.
- Improving information security and assurance.
- Increasing opportunities for information security education and training.
- Provide information security and assurance resources.
UH West O'ahu earns national honors in cyber defense education
NSA and Department of Homeland Security designate UH West O’ahu as center of academic excellence
University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Posted: May 23, 2016
Dr. Matthew A. Chapman and student interns at the UH West O’ahu Cybersecurity Coordination Center.
KAPOLEI — The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, becoming the first four-year university in the state to receive this prestigious honor.
The University offers a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in information security and assurance, the first of its kind at a public institution in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. In response to national and state needs for graduates with education in cybersecurity, UH West Oʻahu, in cooperation with University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, state and federal law enforcement agencies, state security officials, and local businesses, developed an expansive security education program.
“We are honored to receive this distinction from the nation’s foremost experts in cybersecurity,” said UH West Oʻahu Interim Chancellor Doris Ching. “The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu prides itself in offering essential programs that fill a community need and provide our graduates with opportunities for fulfilling careers where they make a difference. Our information security and assurance program is a shining example of this.”
“Certification as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education is a tremendous honor for our program that will benefit our students for many years,” said UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Information Security and Assurance, Matthew Chapman. “As our primary mission is to provide all students – including Native Hawaiian, local, and regional students – opportunities to prepare for employment in cybersecurity career fields, this certification recognizes our students as cyber defense subject matter experts, who will be leaders in protecting both Hawaiʻi and national critical infrastructure.”
UH West Oʻahu achieved National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education designation by meeting rigorous standards including the establishment of a physical and virtual center and website for cyber defense education. The University also demonstrated how its information security and assurance academic program fosters student-based cyber defense research and community outreach that is supported by experienced faculty who contribute to cybersecurity research.
UH West Oʻahu’s Cybersecurity Coordination Center offers cybersecurity and information technology students the opportunity to work in a cyber operations center and coordinate cyber defense information with local ad regional partners. Students gain research experience as network defense subject matter experts, preparing them for future employment with the federal or state government as well as private industry. The center is student-run and supports information security needs in the community, research in modern cyber conflicts, and emerging cyber threats.
Dr. Matthew Chapman will receive the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education certificate on behalf of UH West Oʻahu at the National Cybersecurity Summit in Huntsville, Ala. on June 8.
Established in 1976, the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu is an indigenous-serving institution that offers quality education, small class sizes, and personalized attention. UH West O‘ahu has the newest bachelor’s degree-granting campus in the University of Hawaiʻi System, serving approximately 2,700 students with academic programs that emphasize interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. UH West Oʻahu commemorates its 40th anniversary in 2016. For more information, visit westoahu.hawaii.edu, call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Through academic year 2021.
Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense: Program Book (2020)
Due to the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu’s designation as a CAE-CDE, our institution is featured in the CAE program’s 20th anniversary program book. This program book summarizes the history of the CAE program, what it means to be a designated institution today, the different levels of designations, and showcases multiple collegiate, and university level, programs.