BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The NSA is watching FAU and the agency likes what it sees. According to the school, Florida Atlantic University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) for academic years 2014-19 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
FAU’s Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) was established in 2003 as the hub of all information assurance and cyber defense research occurring at the University. CCIS is founded on the unique strengths of information assurance specialists in four FAU colleges: the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Center is dedicated to original, cutting-edge research in information assurance and education and training of research students and information technology professionals.
“This designation will help to manifest and expand FAU's strong presence in cybersecurity research and generate further interest in this vibrant field,” said Rainer Steinwandt, CCIS director and professor of mathematical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. “Graduates from FAU are prepared to take on important roles in government, industry and academia, meeting the increasing and urgent need for protecting critical information infrastructure.”
FAU previously earned a designation for its Information Assurance Research for the academic years 2012 to 2017, but an update to the NSA/DHS program, which now places more emphasis on cyber defense, required a re-designation with a second round of evaluation.NSA and DHS created the CAE-R program in 2007 to encourage universities and students to pursue research, development and innovation in information assurance and cybersecurity. The program supports research that proactively increases understanding of information assurance and cyber defense technology, policy and practices in order to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event.