With malicious online activities growing at an unprecedented rate severely threatening the nation's public and private information infrastructure, the two premier educational institutions in the country--The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the University of Fairfax (UoF)--decided to team up to provide the nation with more number of qualified and certified cybersecurity professionals.
As part of the strategic agreement with Defense Acquisition University, University of Fairfax will accept DAU graduates into its Masters and Doctoral degree program for Cybersecurity. The military and civilian government employees and contractors who have completed Defense Acquisition University (DAU) coursework may apply for the enrollment in the program.
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is a corporate university for the Department of Defense, coordinating learning programs for nearly 152,000 Defense Acquisition Workforce employees. In partnership with UoF, DAU will be providing online and classroom education on cybersecurity to the acquisition professionals.
UoF has reportedly conducted a prior learning assessment for a variety of DAU courses before accreditation some of its graduate degrees, including cybersecurity. The strategic partnership between the two institutions create new opportunities for the acquisition professionals. They can now apply their work, educational and training experience to earn critical cybersecurity certifications, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees at the UoF.
"This partnership will help the participants better understand the cybersecurity impact in developing and managing acquisition programs, projects, and systems that continue to make our nation’s war fighters the best-equipped armed forces in the world,” said Acting DAU President James McMichael.
“As the nation’s first graduate institution focused exclusively on the field of cybersecurity, the University of Fairfax recognizes the need for cybersecurity professionals in all fields, but particularly in national defense. Through this partnership, the University will enhance its mission to fill the critical shortage in high-level cybersecurity practitioners in this vital area,” President of the University of Fairfax Christopher V. Feudo explained in a statement.