The rapid growth of the Internet and its role in every aspect of our daily lives make the cyber space a critical domain to pose security risks to individuals, businesses, corporations, organizations, national critical infrastructures, and governments. Recognizing the need for skilled professionals in the domain of cyber security, the federal government sponsors educational programs to train the next generation of cyber security professionals to maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global cyber security arena and to defend the country's cyber infrastructure against cyber attacks.

Being an NSA/DHS Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), Cyber Security Research (CAE-R), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), UTD participates in this effort to train the next generation of cyber security professionals. Cyber security education programs at UTD include an undergraduate level certificate program, a minor in information assurance, a graduate level certificate and graduate level concentration track program in information assurance. More information on these programs can be found under the Education tab on this page.

In addition, UTD participates in federally supported cyber security scholarship programs to train our students in the technical cyber security domain to prepare them for jobs in federal government or industry. Currently, UTD participates in National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Cybercorp®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. The program mainly considers students in our graduate level (MS or PhD) programs in Computer Science. Strong candidates in recently started MS in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Policy program will also be considered for scholarships. More information on the benefits can be found under the Benefits tab on this page.