The purpose of the UHWO Cyber Security Coordination Center (CSCC) is to provide Information Technology and Security students with an opportunity to work in a cyber operations center and coordinate cyber defense information with local and regional partners. This center provides students with research experience as network defense subject matter experts in order to prepare them for future employment in the federal government, state government, or industry. This center also supports information security needs in the community and region by acting as a resource supporting research in modern cyber conflicts and emerging cyber threats.
“Prepare all students — including Native Hawaiian, local, and regional students — for employment in the information technology and information security career fields upon graduation.”
“Expand the UHWO Cyber Security Coordination Center as a Center of Academic Excellence in information security and assurance, educating students to be engaged global citizens and leaders in our society.”
The CSCC currently focuses on four key aspects of information technology and security to support and guide student research efforts. Each of these focus areas can be researched in detail from the CSCC tab above:
- The Global Cyber Environment
- Information Security Best Practices
- Vulnerability Research
- Forensic Analysis
- Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems
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.