Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security
The University of South Alabama Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of information related to digital forensics and information technology assurance and security.
USACFITS is an organization designed to promote the advancement of knowledge related to the study and application of digital forensics and information technology security and assurance. USACFITS is supported by the University of South Alabama, the School of Computing, and a capacity-building grant received from the Department of Defense under its Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated the University of South Alabama as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education. 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. Our re-designation as a CAE runs through 2022.
USA CyberScholars Program: The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides scholarship funding for students in exchange for service in a government position for a period equal to the length of scholarship funding, typically two years. Students awarded an SFS scholarship participate in a paid summer internship at a federal, state, or local government agency and become part of the Federal CyberCorps, whose mission is to ensure the protection of the US Government’s information infrastructure. Upon graduation SFS scholars are required to serve in a paid information assurance position in federal, state, or local government. More information can be obtained by visiting our CyberScholars program page.