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, cybersecurity, or information security as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance - Cyber Defense (CAE/CD). The CAE/CD 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 CAE/CD designation is to increase the number of professionals with higher education in the field of information assurance, cybersecurity, or information security with an overall goal to protect the information infrastructure of the United States.
NSU first received this designation in March 2005 amongs the first in the State of Florida. On October 7, 2014, NSU was re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance - Cyber Defense education through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Enhancing the cybersecurity, risk mitigation to cyber-attacks, and information infrastructure security hardening are 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, cybersecurity, and information security, to graduate more professionals with such expertise in various disciplines. This designation lead by faculty members from NSU's College of Computing and Engineering (CCE) applies to the entire university. Additionally, CCE faculty members are serving on key leadership roles within the CAE Community in assisting the community and NSA to ensure the next generation cybersecurity graduates as well as educators are highly competent. NSU looks forward to continuing its role as a center of excellence in information assurance, cybersecurity, and information security to provide a greater level of service and expertise to our communities in South Florida, the State of Florida, and the nation as it relates to these critical areas.
Updated: September 16, 2020