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U of M Re-designated as Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

August 8, 2014 - In the battle to combat hackers, viruses and other security issues, the University of Memphis is at the center of the national effort to secure cyberspace. The University has been re-designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The designation covers academic years 2014-2021.

The certification was presented to the U of M’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) recently at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in San Diego.

Directed by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science, and Dr. Judith Simon, professor of management information systems, the Center develops educational tools, programs and training for the Mid-South. By offering information assurance courses and hosting workshops for the students and professionals, including police and other law enforcement officials, the CfIA is working to create a future of secure online commerce and a safe computing environment.

The Center also contributes to the community by training local educators at all levels to serve their students better. This summer Dasgupta received a National Science Foundation grant for a project to develop innovative “puzzles” that use specialized software to help community college students learn the concepts of and approaches to cybersecurity.

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