At the center of the cybersecurity conversation.

The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College is an academic and research center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education.

The NCI is shaping a coordinated effort to build the cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cybersecurity policy. We target the development of effective cybersecurity practice in specific sectors, including health care, finance, utilities/energy, telecommunications, and education/training.

Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Excelsior College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.


Amelia Estwick, PhD

Amelia Estwick, PhD

Director of National Cybersecurity Institute

Amelia Estwick, PhD, brings extensive experience in cybersecurity to her role at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College. She previously worked in the Department of Defense (DoD) as a technical director within the Threat Operations Center, which is responsible for monitoring and securing DoD networks against cyberattacks. She has more than 20 years of government IT experience (both civilian and military) working in the areas of cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer network operations (offense and defense). Read Amelia’s Bio

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Veteran Assistance Program

Excelsior is a sponsor of the Women in Cybsersecurity (WiCyS) Mid-Atlantic Affiliate and Amelia is leading a new WiCyS program called the Veteran Assistance Program to facilitate WiCyS support of our veteran community and grow the cybersecurity workforce, moving more women veterans into cybersecurity. Learn more about the WiCyS Veteran Assistance Program.

National Cybersecurity Institute Fellows

Weylin Brad Leavitt

Weylin Brad Leavitt is a cybersecurity leader and technical subject matter expert. He works for the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he is assigned to the chief information officer for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Leavitt is responsible for providing access and customer support to seven worldwide networks across the Indo-Pacific Command theater.

Leavitt is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he studied computer engineering. In 2010, he became an active-duty Air Force officer and quickly became well- known among the cadre of cyber operators. He was first assigned to the Air Force Enterprise Service Desk for three years, creating policies and leading quality assurance efforts, before being deployed with the U.S. Army to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. There he fulfilled the role of system operations officer-in-charge at the Regional Network Operations Service Center-Afghanistan. After returning from deployment, he was assigned to the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team, becoming mission-qualified and eventually commanding one of the six Air Force Cyber Weapon Systems. He was responsible for conducting various cyber defensive operations against all activities, from daily phishing attempts to large-scale network attacks.

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Events and Webinars

Upcoming Events

Amelia will be leading the new Veteran Assistance Committee for the WiCyS 2020 National Conference. The Veteran Assistance Program’s mission is to facilitate the WiCyS tribe to support our veteran community and grow the cybersecurity workforce by moving more women veterans into cybersecurity.

Previous Events

The CAE symposium is open to all existing Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Centers of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R), and Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), as well as government representatives and invitees. The CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium is designed to provide community members and applicants the opportunity to network, receive community updates, and present their research to the community.
The annual NICE Conference and Expo brings together thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations to address the community’s cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs. This event provides an opportunity to share best practices from around the world and across sectors in order to build the workforce we need to confront cybersecurity risks today and in years to come.
Topics included:

• Expected industry need and projected salaries for skilled cybersecurity and IT professionals

• Differences between an IT degree and a cyber degree

• Federal government job opportunities

• Excelsior’s wide range of bachelor’s and master’s programs with instant workforce benefits and transfer credit benefits

Dr. Estwick is on the scholarship committee for Women in Cybersecurity and will be the panel moderator at this event. She will moderate an esteemed panel of women veterans discussing how their military training impacted their cybersecurity career path and what were some of the challenges they have to overcome. Panel title: We Got the Skills! Learn from Women Veterans Who Transitioned to the Cybersecurity Workforce.
Dr. Estwick will discuss some of the research she conducted within the Department of Defense and how that research led to her having a rewarding career in cybersecurity. She will highlight the importance computer science plays in current cybersecurity research and discuss her mission to increase women and minorities in the cybersecurity workforce.
The federal Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce was originally launched by President Obama and continued by President Trump. Applicable infrastructure includes utilities providing energy and water as well as sectors covering transportation, financial services, communication, healthcare and public health, dams, key manufacturers, emergency services and more. Dr. Estwick will be a panelist at the ASPA conference discussing Cybersecurity Infrastructure and the urgency of our informed action to prevent the multi-dimensional threats we invite if we fail to address cybersecurity challenges.

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