Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense Education
The University of South Alabama School of Computing has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As noted on nsa.gov, ”NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA/CD programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA/CD and producing a growing number of professionals with IA/CD expertise in various disciplines.”
The designation was first awarded to the University of South Alabama in 2011 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education. Beginning in 2014, all CAE institutions were required to re-designate to the new Center of Academic Excellence criteria. Institutions must demonstrate in sufficient detail how they meet program criteria specified by the NSA. Students attending these institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Federal Scholarship for Service program supported by the National Science Foundation.
The official Center of Excellence certificate was awarded during the 19th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held in Las Vegas, NV. The prestigious national designation covers the academic years 2014-2021.