National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
In April 2009, the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) office under the authority of the U.S. National Security Agency announced that the University of Arizona was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) for the academic years 2009-2014. Official letters of notification were sent to the Univeristy's President, Dr. Robert Shelton, the Arizona Governor, Members of the U.S. Congress, and appropriate Congressional Committees. For more information see the National Center's web site.
A ceremony recognizing this national CAE-IAE designation was held at the Awards Ceremony Dinner, at the 13th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE). The Colloquium was held from 1-3 June 2009 in Seattle, Washington.
The CAE-IAE application, submitted in late 2008, was part of ongoing efforts within the Eller College's Department of Management Information System's Information Assurance and Security Education Center (IASEC). the application passed a rigorous review that was evaluated against a stringent criteria, demonstrating tis competency and committment to academic excellence in Information Assurance education.
Paulo Goes, MIS Department Head states “Many thanks to Lance Hoopes (Eller College IT Computing Manager and MIS adjunct faculty) and Roberto Mejias (MIS Lecturer) for all the hard work that went into this application process”.
“Having this designation is an enormous accomplishment by itself. It puts us in great company of elite institutions in the nation. It is particularly important for UA due to its location and the existing strong partnerships with the defense industry, border security, homeland security. It provides the reputation and recognition to all our programmatic efforts in security and information assurance, which we can specifically leverage in terms of offering certificate programs, and other information security/IA initiatives to a broader audience of IT professionals.”
The designation will be held at The University of Arizona level.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE-IAE) and CAE-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 by producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Designation as a CAE-IAE 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 these designated CAE-IAE schools become eligible to apply for related scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.
Nationally designated CAE-IAEs and CAE-Rs also receive formal recognition from the U.S. government which provide various opportunities for recognition and publicity for their ongoing IA educational and research role in securing our nation's information systems infrastructures.
Pictured here (left-to-right) UA President Shelton, Paulo Goes, Lance Hoopes, Roberto Mejias.