National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education

Cybersecurity Center

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announce the first 44 institutions designated as NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The new CAE CD/ designation is based on updated academic criteria for Cybersecurity education and affords each CAE institution the opportunity to distinguish its strengths in specific CD focus areas. The updated criteria benefit not only the institution, but also students, employers and hiring managers throughout the Nation.

The purpose of the National CAE designation program is to promote higher education in IA and prepare a growing number of IA professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks. The initial National CAE in CD Education (CAE/IAE) program was started by NSA in 1998, with DHS joining as a partner in 2004 in response to the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist, A.A.S.

Program Level Outcome:

The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist prepares students to design, implement and secure computer networks.  Students with this degree will be able to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrime.  Completion in this program prepares a student for industry certifications such as CompTIA Security +, Certified Security Professional (CSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). 

  • Design computer networks
  • Implement computer networks
  • Secure computer networks
  • Install security software
  • Monitor networks for security breaches
  • Respond to cyber attacks
  • Gather data and evidence to prosecute cyber crime

**Note: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have reaffirmed St. Philip's College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education. This designation covers academic years 2014 through 2020.

Programs Offered

Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist (A.A.S.)

Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist (Level 1 Certificate) 

CompTIA Linux+ Certification Preparation (OSA)

CompTIA Security+ Certification Preparation (OSA)

Cyber First Responders (OSA) 

GenCyber Camp

GenCyber Camp

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.

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Cyber Tigers Club

Join our Cyber Tigers Student Club!

The Cyber Tigers of St. Philips College are a group of students who are interested in all things technology.  The Cyber Tigers compliment their studies of networking, Microsoft applications, Linux, and security to form a unique club that helps channel school work into real work scenarios and experiences.

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National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education program provides seminars and workshops for all that participate in the program.

Check out our previous seminars and workshop participates and what the program has to provide.

Cybersecurity Education Conference

Cybersecurity Education Conference

The St. Philip’s College Cybersecurity Education Conference is the leading forum for connecting with industry, government and academic entities to increase the awareness of cybersecurity in the state of Texas and around the world.

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Cyber First Responders Conference

Cyber First Responders Conference

On April 14-15, 2015, the Business Information Solutions Department sponsored a Cybersecurity conference. The Cyber First Responders Conference had 265 participants and 95 companies from Community Organizations, Government, Industry, Public Education, Students and Universities.

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Cyber Security Training

Scholarships & Career Development



High Schools


The Cyber Security provide assistance for our students to reference cybersecurity from these various resources. You will find resources that will help you with Cybersecurity issues and research.


Meet the Cyber Faculty members

Congratulations from United States Congressman, Joaquin Castro, National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

"Dear Dr. Loston:

It is with great pleasure that I write to acknowledge St. Philip's College and the Business Information Solutions Department on being reaffirmed as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security throught the Academic Year 2020."

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Contact Information

Cybersecurity Center

Haydar Thomas Sahin
Senior Advisor: Student Success/Coordinator:
Reynaldo Sánchez, Jr.

MLK Bowden Building (BOWD), 226