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NSA Names UTSA as a Center of Research Excellence in Information Assurance
May 22, 2009


DOD SealUTSA has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

UTSA is only one of 23 institutions nationwide recognized with this honor and only the second university in Texas to be accredited. The designation is valid for five years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain the designation.

"This designation takes into account faculty, programs, research and funding from the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security," said Dr. Glenn Dietrich, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Technology.

The goal of the research program is to reduce vulnerability in the United States information infrastructure by promoting education and research among institutions of higher education. Considerations for the CAE-R designation include academic programs in IA, faculty research in IA, the number of graduate students in IA and the level of funding for security programs.

The College of Business offers an undergraduate degree program in infrastructure assurance and security, a master’s degree in information technology with a concentration in infrastructure assurance and security and a doctoral program with a concentration in information technology.

Business faculty member conduct research in the areas of biometrics, data mining, data visualization and intrusion detection. They are joined in the classroom by practitioners from leading information assurance companies as well as from military organizations such as the Air Force Operations Center.

The new Advanced Laboratories for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (ALIAS) is the home of information assurance research in the College of Business. The 2,200-square-foot lab houses classrooms and research laboratories designed to support research in biometrics, digital forensics, advanced telecommunications, data mining and intrusion detection.

UTSA was first designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in 2002.

Wendy Frost—

Please send your comments to: wendy.frost@utsa.edu

 

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