The Center for Cyberspace Research, established in March 2002, conducts defense-focused cybersecurity research at the Master's and PhD levels. The CCR is a national Center of Academic Excellence in  Cyber Defense Research, as designated by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. AFIT is also an NSA-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.
On June 19, 2008, the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force designated AFIT as the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence (AF CyTCoE). Under the AF CyTCoE charter, the Center works with the Air Force leadership to develop and maintain the cyberspace workforce via cutting-edge graduate and continuing education.
The CCR is forward-looking and responsive to the changing educational and research needs of the Air Force, Department of Defense, and the federal government. The CCR affiliated faculty teach and direct graduate research focusing on understanding and developing advanced cybersecurity-related theories and technologies. These theory and technology advancements have included efforts in critical infrastructure protection, network intrusion detection and avoidance, insider threat mitigation, cyberspace situational awareness, malicious software detection and analysis, software protection, and anti-tamper technologies.
- NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research
- NSA  Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Education