Updated Criteria for CAE-2Y, CAE, CAE-R, CAE-OP Designation
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The CAE Application Website is now open! - follow this link to create a CAE Account.
New CAE Information Assurance Cyber Defense Program Package:

2014 CAE Program Guidance more                                                          
2014 CAE2Y more
2014 Core Knowledge Units (KU)read more
Core 2-Year Knowledge Units (KU) Checklistread more
Optional 2-Year Knowledge Units (KU) Checklist more
2014 Knowledge Units (KU) Focus Area (FA) Matrixread more
2014 CAE KU Mapping Matrixread more
Optional CAE IA/CD Focus Area designation more
Schedule for current CAEs in IA to apply for CAE in IA/CD more

A message from the CAE National Program Manager, Karen Leuschner:
“All institutions that currently hold an NSA/DHS CAE designation in Information Assurance (both 4Y and 2Y) and/or Research are required to apply for designation under the new CAE IA/CD Program by December 2014.
Under the revised NSA/DHS CAE Program, institutions are required to meet the applicable CAE Program Criteria and map their curriculum to the IA/CD academic requirements (Knowledge Units - KUs) in one application. There is also now an option of applying for a designation in a Focus Area
The above guidance can be used to gather all of the necessary information for a strong submission before the website opens. The CNSS standards will no longer be a pre-requisite for designation for CAE(s). Thank you for patience while the new CAE application website is finalized.”


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