Cybersecurity Defense Initiative
The Criminal Justice Institute’s (CJI) Cybersecurity Defense Initiative (CDI) is a national cybersecurity training program funded since 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Training and Education Division, (DHS/FEMA/NTED). As one of the founding members of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), cybersecurity training developed and delivered by CDI through NCPC funding is made available to information technology (IT) practitioners, both in the public and private sector, who are responsible for securing computer networks or responding to any type of cyber-based attack against these networks. Training prepares students to prevent or greatly reduce the risk of a cyber-based attack against their network and provides guidance on how to respond more effectively or recover from a cyber-attack. Classes are delivered at no cost throughout the country. If interested in hosting a course delivery or for more information email:
National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC)
The threat of cyber-attacks against our nation’s technical infrastructure are real and immediate. Computers and servers in the United States are the most aggressively targeted information systems in the world, with attacks increasing in severity, frequency, and sophistication each year. As our nation’s critical infrastructure grows more reliant on information technologies, it also becomes more exposed to attackers, both foreign and domestic. These attacks can threaten our nation’s economy, public works, communication systems, computer networks, and all other critical infrastructure.
To counter these threats, the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) and four other University Centers have partnered to establish the NCPC. Dr. Cheryl May, Director of CJI, is the NCPC chair and in this capacity oversees NCPC activities and provides leadership to further the NCPC mission, to provide research-based, cybersecurity-related training, exercises, and technical assistance to help State, Local, Tribe, and Territory (SLTT) communities establish viable and sustainable programs to prevent, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks.
The NCPC was established in 2010. The original founding members were the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security UTSA, and the University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute. Other NCPC members include the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service TEEX; Norwich University NUARI; and the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance Memphis; NCPC members each have a long established cybersecurity training program and in partnership with other members, collaborate, share resources, and coordinate efforts to fulfill the NCPC mission. Find out more about the NCPC and the training offered by visiting the NCPC Website.
All NCPC courses are certified through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Training and Education Division (NTED). Courses are available for the whole community to include end-users/individuals; leadership; and information technology practitioners within state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) communities. Courses are delivered in-person, on-line, and virtually. Because of the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, NCPC courses are continuously updated. Thanks to DHS/FEMA funding, all NCPC courses are delivered at NO-COST.
CDI courses currently offered through the NCPC include Comprehensive Cybersecurity Defense (CCD), Cybersecurity First Responder (CFR), Cybersecurity Proactive Defense (CPD), Malware Prevention, Discovery, and Recovery (MPDR), and Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI). Course descriptions and prerequisites for each course are listed under the courses link.