Alamo Colleges Take the Lead in Cybersecurity

February 12, 2021

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San Antonio College, Northeast Lakeview College and Palo Alto College have been recognized recently for their cybersecurity programs.

San Antonio College (SAC) has been re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as the Southwest Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Regional Hub. SAC previously served as the South Central Regional Hub since 2017, providing leadership in cybersecurity education among colleges and universities in five states. SAC’s role now expands to lead cybersecurity education efforts in a broader region that includes nine states—Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii.

SAC will partner with one other CAE-C designated institution to serve as the Southwest Regional Hub: University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). The Southwest CAE-C Regional Hub will be joined with partners from six of the states from the region to build a vibrant and collaborative cybersecurity community across the Southwest.

Northeast Lakeview College and Palo Alto College were recently recognized for having two of the top 20 associate degree programs in cybersecurity by Best Value Schools, which ranks schools and their programs by the annual tuition and fees per year and the annual graduation rate. Colleges were ranked in a points system with the emphasis on lower tuition costs and higher graduation rate percentages. A weighted total of three-quarters tuition and fees and the one-quarter graduation rate was then applied for the final score.

Protecting critical assets over the internet has taken growing precedence in today’s business sectors. With increasing demands for online security and a growing concern for protecting private and trade secret data from hackers, the U.S. job market reflects the needs of cybersecurity in the field. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% from 2019 to 2029.