The Center for Cyber Defense

The Center for Cyber Defense at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) was designed to educate and prepare students to serve the Unites States as professionals in the field of Cybersecurity. The primary goal towards meeting this objective is to develop its integrated education and interdisciplinary research program in Cybersecurity.

The Center for Cyber Defense at NCA&T is designated as the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

The Center for Cyber Defense at NCA&T is designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). 


Affiliated Faculty:

  • Kelvin Bryant 
  • Mahmoud Abdelsalam 
  • Albert Esterline 
  • Hamidreza Moradi
  • Letu Qingge 
  • Mohd Anwar
  • Sajad Khorsandroo 
  • Olusola T Odeyomi 
  • Madhuri Siddula 
  • Jinsheng Xu 
  • Huiming A Yu 
  • Xiaohong Yuan 
  • Kaushik Roy 

Related Grants:  

  1. DoD Office of Naval Research, Trustworthy Cyber physical defense systems via Artificial Intelligence and Shared Autonomy,$9M, Sept 2022-Aug 2027. PI: Dr. Kaushik Roy 
  2. NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Cyber Defender Program, $4M, 2022-2027. PI: Dr. Xiaohong Yuan
  3. NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAEC) NCAE-C Grants: NCAE-C-001-2021 Cybersecurity Education Innovation on Cyberinfrastructure, $2M for 2 years, Aug 2021-Dec 2023, Site PI: Dr. Kaushik Roy 
  4. NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAEC)Cybersecurity Research Innovation Grant on Secure and Trustworthy AI for Cyber Physical Systems, $494K, Aug 2021-Dec 2024,PI: Dr. Kaushik Roy 
  5. CISCO Funding, Year 1 and Year 2, Total Amount: $155k, PI: Dr. Kaushik Roy 
    • Year 2: Building Secure AI Models and Analyzing Threats using Ensemble Techniques for  loT Devices
    • Year 1: Data science enabled and secure framework for connected IoT devices
  6. NSF Collaborative Research: Computational Framework and Data Science for Identification, Aug 2019- Sept 2024, $1.3M (NCAT Portion $1M), PI: Dr. Kaushik Roy 


CAE in Cybersecurity Community News: Please visit the following page for CAE news: 

2024 NCAE Calendar of Events

April 26, 2-4pm EST Event Topics:

  • Threats and mitigation approaches for AI systems (2pm EST)
  • FBI Careers Information Session (3pm EST)

Time: April 26, 2-4pm EST 

Presenters: NSA Cybersecurity Directorate Technical Director, Neal Ziring and FBI Operational Technology Division Technical Director, Jason Abramowitz. 

Location: Microsoft Teams meeting  

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 Please join us for the next CAE Lecture Series on 29 March, 2024.

  • Dr. Yair Levy, Nova Southeastern University, Challenges in Quantifying Supply Chain, Cybersecurity and the Theory of Cybersecurity Footprint (2pm EST)
  • NSA Corporate Briefers Team, NSA’s Mission (3pm EST

Topics: Exploring Vulnerabilities and Consequences of Apple's Find My Protocol (2pm EST), Security Overview & Background Investigations (3pm EST

Time: 2-4pm EST 

Location: Microsoft Teams meeting  

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      SPRING 2024 

The Virtual Internship and Varied Innovative Demonstrations (VIVID) Coalition comprised of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Augusta University, University of Arizona, and Florida International University has competition opportunities available for college students to compete in teams of five. Multiple teams from the same College or University are allowed. Please register all team members at the same time on this form.  All 5 team members must be students from the same CAE school. Selected teams will be notified by 31 January, which is the deadline to register. 

The first phase of the competition is a virtual event taking place from 11-14 March 2024. The top 15 teams will compete in the live event to continue the competition at the CAE Annual Colloquium in October 2024. Travel stipends will be provided to offset travel costs for those teams competing in the live event. Please direct questions to Dr. Nowatowski, , and Jon Sloan, 

  • NSA is hiring for two Instructor roles, Network Analysis (NETA) Instructors at the NSA Georgia and NSA Hawaii locations and a Foreign Malign Influence (FMI) Instructor at the NSA Fort Meade, MD location.  instructors-nsa-georgia-and-nsa-hawaii 



  • 2023 DoD UC2 Workshop Hosted by CIC   December 6, 2023 9:00am - 4:00pm EST. The College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University *The event has both virtual and in-person options. 

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Contact Information:

Center Director and NCAT POC: Dr. Kaushik Roy Email:

Center Associate Director and NCAT Alternate POC: Dr. Xiaohong Yuan Email: