USCG identified cyberspace as an operating domain in its Cyber Strategy plan, pointing to defending cyberspace, enabling operations and protecting infrastructure.
As Dr. Kurt Colella, Dean of Academics at the Academy noted, USCG decided to initiate this major as the cyber is inherently multidisciplinary. It includes "operating systems, policy, law, ethics, information assurance, network defense, big data, software design, cryptography and intelligence, including geospatial systems." These fields are all crucial to US Coast Guard, and cadets will explore them during their four years at the Academy.
In the fall 2018, the service academy will open a 2,000 sq. foot cyber lab that will accommodate dedicated servers, and a working laboratory. In addition, a variety of cyber-related summer internships will be available to interested and qualified cadets.
Academy Superintendent Rear Admiral James E. Rendón, said:
The new Cyber Systems major will join our other programs in shaping the development of the Coast Guard’s future leaders who must operate and excel in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment.