Academic Excellence

About NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) support educational programs designed to establish higher education in the fields of information assurance throughout the country. The NSA and DHS designate certain educational programs in the field of information assurance or information security as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE). The CAEIAE designated programs must have passed stringent requirements and reviews as well as demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence in the information security field. The intention of the CAEIAE designation is to increase the number of professionals with higher education in the field of information assurance with an overall goal to protect the information infrastructure of the United States.

On October 7, 2014, NSU was re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). NSU first received this designation in March 2005.

Securing cyberspace and information infrastructures is more important now than ever before. NSA's goal in establishing centers of academic excellence is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance (IA) and producing more professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. This designation applies to the entire university.

NSU looks forward to continuing its role as a center of excellence in information assurance and providing a greater level of service and expertise to the nation in this critical area.