BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Perhaps those of us who were never “into” math may have been a little more enthusiastic if we had realized the fun, secret-code-related uses. Florida Atlantic University has turned that concept into an award-winning program that is, quite simply, cool. And the NSA and Department of Homeland Security agree.
According to FAU:
Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) has been designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) for academic years 2012-17 by The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
“With this designation, FAU is further recognized as a leader in information assurance and cybersecurity,” said Spyros Magliveras, Ph.D., professor of mathematical sciences within FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and CCIS director. “After graduating from FAU, our students take on important roles in government, industry and academia, meeting the increasing and urgent need for protection of secure and critical information infrastructure.”
The CAE-R program was started in 2007 to encourage universities and students to pursue research, development and innovation in information assurance and cybersecurity. The program addresses the shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace.
FAU’s CCIS was established in 2003 with funding provided by a federal earmark and today is founded on the unique strengths of information assurance specialists in four different FAU colleges: the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Business and the College for Design and Social Inquiry. The FAU CCIS is dedicated to original, cutting-edge research in information assurance and education and training of research students and information technology professionals.