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Information Assurance & Security
Cyber Security Center

Information Assurance & Security
Cyber Security Center

NWACC Cyber Security Center

The NWA Center for Cyber Security strives to improve and develop curriculum to increase the number of information assurance and security professionals in the workforce, improve the skills of existing professionals, improve diversity among information assurance and security professionals, and advance the knowledge and practice of information assurance and cyber security.

NWACC's programs prepare you for an entry-level position or augment existing skills using curriculum mapped to the NSA/DHS Knowledge Units and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity.

Computer systems have a substantial impact in nearly every setting - retail, health care, finance, transportation, government, communication, and education - and ensuring the security of those computer systems is critical. Whether you are the technician installing hardware and software, the application developer, or the end user, cyber security knowledge and skills are important to the security and assurance of critical infrastructure and computer systems. 

Questions? Contact Shankar Ravi at or 479-619-4133.

Advisory Boards

NWACC collaborates with local business partners to offer education and training that meets the current needs and skill demands of the local industry. The Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity Advisory Boards consist of volunteer members that provide insight into strategic planning, and is comprised of stakeholders form higher education, private industry, federal and state government cybersecurity stakeholders, and program graduates.

Advisory board membership includes representatives from University or Arkansas, Tyson, JB Hunt, Arvest Bank and Walmart. The advisory board meets annually to discuss changing trends that effect the college's curriculum and how NWACC's programs can be responsive to changes at partner four-year institutions and to industry needs. 

Advisory board members support NWACC's cybersecurity program by:

  • Participating in individual or board meetings with faculty to support strategic planning
  • Participating in polls, questionnaires or surveys to support cybersecurity programs
  • Supporting cybersecurity workforce development, employment and internships
  • Providing insight and guidance on new and emerging technology and cybersecurity trends



Networking Program

Get the preparation you need to obtain a key support position in the fast-growing field of network information systems and CISCO Networking with an associate degree.

Networking Program

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View a list of NWACC's Computer Information Systems faculty members and their specialties.


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NWACC Internet Technology

View NWACC's Information Technology Services page for help with computer issues, Canvas, Microsoft Office as well as security awareness materials. 

Internet Technology

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Events & Resources

View cyber security resources such as events, summits, conferences, workshops, news and other universities' programs.

Events & Resources

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National Cyberwatch Center

As a member, NWACC works with the National Cyberwatch Center to lead efforts in advancing cyber security education and strengthening the national workforce.