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Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE)

The Longwood Center for Cyber Security is one of a few institutions in the U.S. and the only institution in Virginia to have earned the designation – a National Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE).  This means that students completing the Center’s Cyber Forensics and Cyber Security programs are ready for the workforce and have the cyber forensics skills to respond to cyber-attacks from day one on the job. The CDFAE:

  • Establishes a common core curriculum and development of standards for education and training in digital forensics studies
  • CDFAE designation requires in-course peer reviews of curriculum and practicum within a three-year period
  • Provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in digital forensics
  • Provides employers capacity to confirm a candidate's capability to apply their knowledge
  • Develops a certifiable path to meet DoD workforce requirements and national cyber education needs with respect to digital forensics
  • Strengthens bonds between government, academia, professional organizations, and industry
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