The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have re-designated the University of New Mexico as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education (CAEIAE). The Information Assurance program, within UNM’s Anderson School of Management, initially earned a five-year CAE designation in 2007. The new designation, CAE-R, which is more rigorous to attain, covers academic years 2012 through 2017.
“Receiving the CAE re-designation as well as meeting the higher standards of the CAE-R designation reaffirms UNM’s leadership in the state and the region in information assurance and cybersecurity,” said ASM Professor Alessandro Seazzu. “As New Mexico’s flagship university our faculty, staff and students continue to distinguish themselves in their leadership efforts while cementing our graduate program’s role in the development of a national cybersecurity workforce.”
Certificates will be presented during the 16th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) in June.
Led by Seazzu and other ASM Professors including Stephen Burd, Rich Brody, Xin Luo, Computer Science Professor Jed Crandall and Associate Provost Greg Heileman, UNM’s IA program continues to make impressive strides after just five years or certification.
The letter of re-designation said in part: “Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.”
Reviewers applauded UNM’s continued efforts to build its IA Program. One reviewer said, “The University of New Mexico continues to move forward in IA education, excellent work.”
Seazzu feels UNM’s program is properly situated to address the increasing demands of the information assurance field locally, regionally as well as nationally.
“As we look ahead, UNM remains uniquely positioned in the region to augment its services in support of the IA research and operational needs of the nation while actively serving our local community through its outreach activities for K-12 and IA assessments for non-profits and other organizations in the state,” Seazzu said. “These evolving capabilities are a rewarding outcome to the depth and level of collaboration UNM supports with national security and law enforcement agencies.”
The CAEIAE program is designed and intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence Program, which was formed in April 2004 in response to Priority III of the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace of 2003, directs the Federal Government to foster training and education programs to support the Nation’s cybersecurity needs, and to increase the efficiency of existing Federal cybersecurity programs.
As a CAEIAE, UNM students can apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Additionally, universities designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through both the Federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Programs.
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