LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved creation of a cybersecurity certificate program.

The new program will be available through the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The university says the action is part of its efforts to earn national designations from federal agencies in the area of cybersecurity education.

It says the newly established cybersecurity certificate not only will recognize individual students, but it also positions UW as a leader in cybersecurity education in Wyoming and the region.

The establishment of the certificate is a requirement for UW to achieve recognition from the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a "Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity."