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Marymount Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Arlington, VA --The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Marymount University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) through 2015. The certificate ceremony will be held on June 10 at the University of  South Alabama.

With increasing incidents of cyber attacks and their potential for devastating impact on the nation’s digital infrastructure, the DHS and the NSA have made higher education in cybersecurity a key part of America’s national security strategy. University programs must meet stringent requirements and standards in information security to achieve the CAE/IAE designation. The goal is to prepare an expert workforce of cyber professionals who can protect and defend the nation’s information infrastructure, including government, business, and municipal networks.

Dr. Diane Murphy, chair of Marymount’s Department of Information Technology and Management Science, states, “The faculty in Marymount’s cybersecurity program include academics with strong research credentials and practitioners who share their “real-world” experiences with our students. We are all very excited about the prestigious CAE/IAE designation for our programs. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to ensure that Marymount graduates stay current with the continually evolving cybersecurity needs of both government and industry.”

Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank adds, “Being named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education is a significant recognition. Currently, there are only about 120 colleges and universities in the nation that have achieved the CAE/IAE designation. Marymount is proud to be added to this select group.”

Marymount has long offered undergraduate and graduate concentrations in computer security and information assurance. Last year, the university launched an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity based upon industry certification requirements.

In fall 2012, the National Science Foundation also recognized Marymount’s prominence in cybersecurity education through the Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service program. The university has received grant funding to award four scholarships per year through 2017. In return for the scholarship, each recipient will commit to two years of cybersecurity government service after graduation.