U of M Redesignated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 23, 2015 - The University of Memphis has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"This is a great honor for the University, and for the University's Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) as well," said Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science and founding director of the CfIA.

At the forefront of research, education, and outreach on Information Assurance (IA) in the region, the Center for Information Assurance was established in 2004 through the collaboration of the Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering and Criminology and Criminal Justice departments, as well as partnerships with community colleges focusing on cyber security and IA-related topics.

The Center is active in the advancement of IA education on campus and throughout the region, focusing on issues that threaten our nation's critical infrastructure, and working toward providing solutions that enhance both local and national cyber security efforts.

The U of M will accept the certification at the 19th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) in Las Vegas in June.