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Honored for Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research

June 02, 2009

Through the university-wide efforts of its cybersecurity education and research center, Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and designated for the first time as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security awarded the designation through 2014.

"This is an outstanding honor for the university as Carnegie Mellon CyLab pioneers development of cutting-edge cybersecurity tools, and we continue to shape information security leaders through our competitive programs at the Information Networking Institute (INI)," said Mark S. Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and senior vice president.

Presentations will be made to new and re-designated centers June 3 during an awards ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, Wash.

"I am honored to represent Carnegie Mellon at this prestigious award ceremony, which recognizes our strength in fostering outstanding educational programs that support the nation's cybersecurity needs," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, INI director and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence programs. This partnership was formed in April 2004 to protect the nation's critical infrastructures, which are essential to maintaining a strong economy and our national security.

Through the university's designation as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, Carnegie Mellon graduate students in information security may be eligible to participate in the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (SFS), which offers a full scholarship and stipend in exchange for a commitment to work for the government after graduation. The Information Assurance Capacity Building Program is another program at Carnegie Mellon designed to educate tomorrow's information security leaders and faculty.

Read the full Carnegie Mellon press release.