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FAU Receives National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research Designation

BOCA RATON, FL (May 22, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University's Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) has been designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) for academic years 2012-17 by The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

"With this designation, FAU is further recognized as a leader in information assurance and cybersecurity," said Spyros Magliveras, Ph.D., professor of mathematical sciences within FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and CCIS director.  "After graduating from FAU, our students take on important roles in government, industry and academia, meeting the increasing and urgent need for protection of secure and critical information infrastructure."

The CAE-R program was started in 2007 to encourage universities and students to pursue research, development and innovation in information assurance and cybersecurity.  The program addresses the shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America's cyberspace.

FAU's CCIS was established in 2003 with funding provided by a federal earmark and today is founded on the unique strengths of information assurance specialists in four different FAU colleges: the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Business and the College for Design and Social Inquiry.  The FAU CCIS is dedicated to original, cutting-edge research in information assurance and education and training of research students and information technology professionals.

For more information, contact Spyros Magliveras, Ph.D., at 561-297-0274 or, or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit

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