Fla. (Oct. 13, 2014) - The University of South Florida announces it has been
granted the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in
Information Assurance/ Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and
Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
recently revised its criteria to make it more difficult to receive the Center
of Academic Excellence designation. This is the first time USF has earned
the prestigious recognition. USF is only the second school in the nation
to be classified for the first time under the new standards.
am very proud of our university for promoting a truly interdisciplinary approach
to Cybersecurity education,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “This designation
is the result of the collaborative work by our outstanding faculty and the
great staff of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF. Our students will
greatly benefit to be a part of this university that is not only involved with
cutting edge research and emerging technology, both of which are found in the
studies related to cybersecurity, but also designated as a National Center of
Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity.”
the official award letter, the NSA’s National CAE Program Director, Karen
Leuschner, wrote about USF: “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.”
designation runs between the years 2014 and 2019.