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Who We Are

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The Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense at Daytona State College was created in 2013 through a grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program. Since its inception, the center has been focused on providing training in the critical areas of Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics.

In 2016 the center was designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the  National Security Agency/Central Security Service. This CAE designation is managed by the NSA with the purpose to create an educational program that:

  • Establishes standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence,
  • Includes competency development among students and faculty,
  • Values community outreach and leadership in professional development,
  • Integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines,
  • Actively engages in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education.

NSA Validated Program of Study in Cyber Defense Certificate Requirements

Student Activities & Cyber Competitions

Available Activities

Cybersecurity Sentries at DSC

Our CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) at DSC is looking for BSIT students with good skills and a passion for cybersecurity work. If you like the challenge of learning new things and want to gain work experience while completing your degree, then Cyber Sentries is the job for you! Help keep our DSC infrastructure secure.

Program Industry Advisory Committee

The Industry Advisory Committee is a volunteer body that provides guidance on curriculum content, current events, and trends in the industry. This group is also a major source of career development opportunities and internships for our students.

The following companies are part of the Advisory Committee:

  • Advent Health
  • Axiom Administrative Services
  • Bob's Space Racers Inc.
  • By Light Professional IT Services
  • CareerSource Flagler Volusia
  • Charter Communications
  • City of Daytona Beach
  • City of New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission
  • City of Palm Coast
  • Clear Village Inc.
  • CO2Meter
  • County of Volusia
  • DME
  • Fletcher's management Solutions
  • Florida Department of Children & Families
  • Florida Healthcare Plans
  • Halifax Health
  • High Tech Solutions LLC
  • LPGA
  • MediaTech
  • Nascar
  • Pevonia International
  • State Attorney's Office 7th Judicial Circuit
  • Vann Data
  • Volusia County Schools
  • Web Daytona
  • Zgraph Design & Marketing
Ron Eaglin

Dr. Ron Eaglin

Chair of School of Engineering Technology and Center Director and Point of Contact
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Bahman Motlagh

Faculty of Engineering Technology
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John Vilkinofsky

Faculty of Engineering Technology
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Nabeel Yousef

Faculty of Engineering Technology