NSA and DHS Announce the 2004 Designation of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security jointly announce the designation of the following universities as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for academic years 2004 through 2007:
The addition of the ten universities brings the total number of Centers
to 59 in 27 states across the country. Designation as a Center is good
for three academic years, after which a university must successfully reapply
in order to retain the designation.
Several additional universities submitted applications and many demonstrated strong potential as future Centers. They are applauded for their efforts and are encouraged to continue to develop their information assurance programs and to reapply.
Presentations will be made to the universities on 8 June 2004, during the annual conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. The conference will be held at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.
During April of 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) formalized an agreement to co-sponsor the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Program and change the name to National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. This partnership recognizes the importance of the program and responds to Priority III of the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, 14 February 2003, which directs the Federal government to foster training and education programs to support the Nation's cybersecurity needs, and to increase the efficiency of existing Federal cybersecurity programs.
The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Program retains the goal of reducing vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.
Universities designated as Centers are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through both the Federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Programs.
The President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace refers to cyberspace as the nervous system of our Nation's critical infrastructures, and indicates that the healthy functioning of cyberspace is essential to our economy and our national security Securing cyberspace presents a difficult strategic challenge, and information assurance education is a critical component in successfully meeting that challenge.