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
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
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.
Excelsior College Cybersecurity Programs
Continue the Conversation
- What’s the Difference Between a Cybersecurity and Information Technology Degree?
- Amelia Estwick Defends Written Testimony on Cybersecurity Workforce Development
- Becoming a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
- Thirty NYS STEM Teachers Invited to Attend GenCyber Camp in August
- The Equifax Data Breach
- Free Webinar: Cybersecurity Awareness (Roanoke Chapter of AGA)
- Free Webinar: Build Your Cybersecurity Skill Set
- Dr. Estwick Moderating Webcast: Three-Prong Approach to Security
- Excelsior College’s School of Business and Technology Speaker Series Presentation Critical Cybersecurity Awareness
- Hands up…your computer is being held hostage
National Cybersecurity Institute Journal
The National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, a peer-reviewed journal, covers topics that appeal to a broad readership within the cybersecurity discipline, with a particular focus on education, training, and workforce development. The manuscripts submitted to the Journal are reviewed for their contribution to the advancement of applied research in the area of cybersecurity.
Events and Webinars
• 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
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