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EECS continues to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Published on August 19th, 2015 by Victor Frost

The University of Kansas EECS department recently received notification of its renewal as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

According to NSA/DHS, the purpose of the National CAE designation program is "to promote higher education in IA and CD and prepare a growing number of IA/CD professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks.” KU received its first CAE-IAE designation in 2009. The designation is renewed every five years.

The program, originally named CAE-IAE, was initiated by NSA in 1998. In 2014, the program was renamed to CAE-IA/CD, and the evaluation criteria were significantly updated. To be designated as a CAE-IA/CD, the institution needs to demonstrate that it maintains a strong, active, comprehensive and interdisciplinary information assurance program. Meanwhile, the institution’s CS/CoE/IT curriculums must cover 22 IA/CD “Knowledge Units” (17 core and 5 optional), which includes 228 course topics and 72 course outcomes in total. KU EECS/ITTC has built a strong cybersecurity research and education program in recent years. Many EECS administrators and faculty members contributed to the re-designation application: More than 10 security-related courses are offered at Lawrence and Edwards campuses; more than $5 Million federal research grants have been funded in recent years; and KU EECS consistently publishes secutity papers in high quality venues.

Dr. Leonard T. Reinsfelder, Associate Director for Education and Training at NSA is presenting the award along with: Lynne Clark, Chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program at NSA, and Jacqueline Sullivan, Acting Program Lead for the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Program at DHS.

Dr. Leonard T. Reinsfelder, Associate Director for Education and Training at NSA is presenting the award along with: Lynne Clark, Chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program at NSA, and Jacqueline Sullivan, Acting Program Lead for the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Program at DHS.