Northeast Lakeview College recognized by the NSA as the San Antonio area’s newest Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Northeast Lakeview College is proud to announce that its Cyber Defense program has been recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) as the area’s newest Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 

In 2019, Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) began re-designing the existing cybersecurity curriculum within Alamo Community Colleges. The Cyber Defense degree created a technical skill pathway from Network Operations Specialist to Cyber Defense Infrastructure Specialist to Cyber Defense Analyst, Incident Responders, and Forensic analyst. 

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NightHax Team ranked Top 3% in National Cyber League Competition

Cyber Defense Students representing Northeast Lakeview College as the “NightHax” competed again this spring in a national cyber security competition. Students competed individually and then as a team. The NightHax team ranked 123rd place out of 3,658 teams in the National Cyber League beating numerous university and graduate school teams and placing them in the Top 3% of the US.

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Cyber Defense Center

The Northeast Lakeview College Cyber Defense Institute (NLC-CDI) was created in 2020 as a hub for the Information Technology programs at Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) and as a cyber security resource for the tri-county area of Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe counties. The NLC-CDI occupies the top floor of the Medina CTE Center (CATE) building. Our facilities include dedicated and isolated computer labs used for networking and cyber defense “hands-on” projects.

The primary program of study in NLC-CDI is the A.A.S. in Cyberdefense.

The NSA has recognized San Antonio as a regional hub for cybersecurity activity and hosts the largest cyber workforce outside of Washington, DC. Our mission is to prepare students for the cyber workforce through intensive hands-on experiences and community engagement beyond the classroom. Addressing critical skill gaps in the cyber workforce NLC courses are designed to move beyond the “know about” into the “how to perform” tasks and job role functions.



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Community Outreach 

Faculty, Staff, and Students are active in the cyber security community. Volunteering and speaking at the Texas Cyber Summit and B-Sides San Antonio.

The NLC Tech Talks speaker series features monthly presentations by industry leaders on a variety of cyber defense topics.

Student Experiences

Students consistently rate activities beyond the classroom as fundamental to career success. The NightHax student group is open to all IT-related majors at NLC. Cyber Defense and NightHax students have created a thriving online community that participates in hacking challenges throughout the year. Challenges like the SANs Holiday Hack Challenge, Space Heroes CTF, and the National Cyber League allow students to test technical skills against competitors from across the U.S.

Awards & Recognitions

The NCL Cyber Defense A.A.S. was ranked in the top 20 Cyber Security programs in the U.S. in 2021 & 2022.

The NLC Cyber Defense program is ranked #25 in the Central Division and #84 nationally in the College Power Rankings.

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