Tuesday, June 10, 2014

UNO Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by NSA

Golden RichardUNO Professor of Computer Science Golden Richard heads up the University's information assurance and cybersecurity programs. UNO was recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency and is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The University of New Orleans has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency for a period of five years. UNO is the first university in Louisiana to achieve the designation.

The CAE-Cyber Operations designation is reserved for a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering disciplines with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of a cyber-secure nation.

"This is a huge honor for the University of New Orleans," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. "This designation places strong emphasis on academic programs that prepare students to tackle real challenges in cybersecurity, meaning they have extensive skills in digital forensics, reverse engineering, network security and other areas."

During the rigorous application process, UNO computer science faculty members mapped out curricula that were aligned with standards created by the NSA, according to Richard. A team of four experts from the NSA also participated in two day-long visits to the University.

Nationally there are fewer than 15 institutions to hold the CAE-Cyber Operations designation—others include Carnegie Mellon University, Auburn University and Northeastern University.

The designation certificate will be presented at an awards ceremony at the 18th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 16 in San Diego, Calif.

The University of New Orleans' Department of Computer Science is already a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.

 

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