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About CIPhER

The Center for Information Protection, Education, and Research (CIPhER) provides the opportunity for faculty and students from NSU and institutions throughout South Florida, as well as industry partners, to develop innovative solutions to solve critical information security problems and educate those who will serve as the next generation of researchers, academics, and industry leaders. On October 7, 2014, NSU was re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD) 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 among the first in the State of Florida, and was re-designated once in 2009 and again in 2014.

Homeland SecurityVision Statement

CIPhER will be recognized nationally as a leader in cybersecurity education as well as as innovation center in the research and development of solutions to real-world cybersecurity problems.

Mission Statement

National SecurityThe mission of CIPhER is to provide educational programs to develop the cybersecurity leaders, innovators, and researchers of tomorrow while creating novel solutions for difficult cybersecurity challenges today. The center will also provide resources and facilities that enable faculty, students, and partners to test and evaluate cybersecurity solutions and conduct leading-edge research in a range of cybersecurity areas.


Updated December 23, 2020

NSU Overview

Beginning in 1975 with the creation of a graduate computer science program, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has been a pioneer in computing research and education. With its first general purpose computer, a VAX 11/780, the school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. The school continues today to have distinguished faculty and alumni who have made substantial contributions to research and industry.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.We have approximately 24,000 students, 172,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, our reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish. 

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