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FAU Receives National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research Designation

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 29, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) for academic years 2014-19 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

FAU’s Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) was established in 2003 as the hub of all information assurance and cyber defense research occurring at the University. CCIS is founded on the unique strengths of information assurance specialists in four FAU colleges: the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Center is dedicated to original, cutting-edge research in information assurance and education and training of research students and information technology professionals.

"This designation will help to manifest and expand FAU's strong presence in cybersecurity research and generate further interest in this vibrant field," said Rainer Steinwandt, CCIS director and professor of mathematical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. “Graduates from FAU are prepared to take on important roles in government, industry and academia, meeting the increasing and urgent need for protecting critical information infrastructure.”

FAU previously earned a designation for its Information Assurance Research for the academic years 2012 to 2017, but an update to the NSA/DHS program, which now places more emphasis on cyber defense, required a re-designation with a second round of evaluation.NSA and DHS created the CAE-R program in 2007 to encourage universities and students to pursue research, development and innovation in information assurance and cybersecurity. The program supports research that proactively increases understanding of information assurance and cyber defense technology, policy and practices in order to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. 

For more information, contact Rainer Steinwandt, Ph.D., at  rsteinwa@fau.edu or visit  http://math.fau.edu/ccis .

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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