NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence Announced

Friday, June 15, 2012

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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have jointly announced the designation of 52 colleges and universities as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, Information Assurance Research, and in Information Assurance 2-Year Education for the years 2012 through 2017.

The centers – now totaling 166 in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – are recognized leaders in these fields. Program graduates often develop into cyber experts who help to protect national-security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in both the private and public sectors – meeting the increasingly urgent needs of the U.S. government, industry, and academia.

Specifically:

  • Seven institutions were designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the years 2012 through 2017.
  • Seven joined the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) Program.
  • Eleven new institutions were identified as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE/2Y).
  • Twenty-seven existing centers in Information Assurance Education successfully re-applied, maintaining their designation.

The complete list of centers and details about the selection process are available here. The 2012 designees are listed in the Fact Sheet below.

All of the designations are valid for five academic years, after which the college or university must successfully re-apply. The NSA-DHS partnership was initially formed in 2004 in response to the 2003 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Centers with the "Information Assurance Education" or "Research" designation are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service Program.

NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE), IA 2-year Education and Training (CAE/2Y) and IA Research (CAE/R) programs.

The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Designation as a CAE/IAE, CAE2Y or CAE/R is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Students attending CAE/IAE or CAE/R designated schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Designation as a National Center does not carry a commitment for funding from NSA or DHS.

CAE/IAEs and CAE/Rs receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA 2-year Education (CAE/2Y)

Nationally or regionally accredited Community Colleges, Technical Schools, state or federally endorsed IA/Cybersecurity training centers or U.S. Government IA/Cybersecurity training centers are eligible to apply to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA 2-year education or training. Applications are assessed against stringent CAE/2Y criteria, which are intended to measure the depth and maturity of programs of instruction in IA/Cybersecurity education and training.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE)

Four-year colleges and graduate-level universities are eligible to apply to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education. Each applicant must pass a rigorous review, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence in IA education. During the application process, applicants are evaluated against stringent CAE/IAE criteria.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Research (CAE/R)

Institutions meeting the Carnegie Foundation's classifications of Research University/Very High (RU/VH), Research University/High (RU/H) and Doctoral Research University (DRU) or the equivalent are eligible to apply for CAE/R. Universities applying for CAE/R must have academic IA/Cybersecurity programs that can support advanced academic research and development capabilities. Applicants are evaluated against stringent CAE/R criteria.

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE/Cyber Operations)

Four-year colleges and graduate-level universities are eligible to apply to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Each applicant institution must pass a rigorous review, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence in Cyber Operations. During the application review process, applicants are evaluated against stringent CAE/Cyber Operations criteria and academic content requirements.

For more information about CAE/Cyber Operations, please visit our website at: CAE/Cyber Operations.

Source:  http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/press_room/2012/academic_excellence_designees.shtml

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