UNT has gained designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) from the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
UNT was one of seven institutions in the country to receive the CAE/R designation for 2012. UNT also reapplied successfully for designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE), which the university originally earned in 2004.
Institutions with Center of Academic Excellence designations are recognized as the leaders in cybersecurity education and research. UNT is one of four schools in Texas to hold designations for education and research. The other schools with both designations are Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at San Antonio.
Earlier this year, Denton was recognized as one of the top 10 municipalities in the country for data security operations, largely because of UNT's recognition as a leader in data security education.
The university's data security programs are based in the Center for Information and Computer Security, a multidisciplinary center bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in the areas of information security, computer security, information assurance and cybercrime. The center is housed in UNT's College of Engineering, but encompasses courses offered by the Computer Science and Engineering, Criminal Justice, Information Technology and Decision Sciences and Library and Information Sciences departments at UNT. The data security program courses offered by UNT are certified to adhere to the national standards.
The Center for Information and Computer Security also oversees UNT's research efforts in data security. Both the Network Security Lab and the Trusted Secure Systems Lab fall under the umbrella of the center.
"We are excited that the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have once again recognized UNT's commitment to information assurance education and research. Earning both designations illustrates the depth of our program, as well as our strength in training students from the undergraduate level all the way through the doctoral level," says Ram Dantu, director of the Center for Information and Computer Security and a professor of computer science and engineering.
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Yancey@unt.edu.