NSA, DHS re-designate TU in information assurance education


TU designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

TOWSON, Md. (May 22, 2008)—The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have re-designated Towson University as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education, for academic years 2008 through 2013.

TU initially received this designation in 2002 and was first re-designated in 2005. TU reapplied again and was successfully evaluated against strengthened criteria.

“We are pleased to earn reaccreditation,” says James P. Clements, TU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The knowledge students obtain studying information assurance at Towson University contributes to a well-educated and trained IA workforce, which is an asset to the nation.”

The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program. The program is intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines. CAE schools have enabled government, academia and industry to recruit students to meet their specific requirements.

TU developed both a M.S. and D.Sc. in Applied Information Technology (AIT) with a concentration in Information Assurance. These programs provide graduate level education at the masters and doctoral level in IT for those preparing to enter academic or research institutions as well as the high tech workforce and those already in the workforce who need to update and enhance their skills. The program is complemented by an array of research and outreach initiatives undertaken within the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and at the Center for Applied Information Technology (CAIT).

TU’s B.S. and M.S. Computer Science programs with a Computer Security Track provide a comprehensive approach to advanced study in computer science. It also prepares professionally responsible individuals to be capable of holding a variety of scientific and technical positions in the area of computing applications.

Recognizing the need for broad-based multi-disciplinary education in the study of Information Assurance and Homeland Security, in 2005 TU developed a M.S. in Integrated Homeland Security Management. The Master of Science degree in Integrated Homeland Security Management and the embedded graduate certificate in Security Assessment and Management form an interdisciplinary program to provide an applied graduate education for personnel working in various areas of homeland security, risk protection and management, emergency response, and crisis communications.

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