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SMU Named National Center Of Excellence In Cyber Defense Education

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SMU has been re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education through 2021 by the National Security Agency  (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, underscoring the record of successful work in this area by the Lyle School of Engineering.

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program, whose goal is to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research, and producing a growing pipeline of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines. SMU was first awarded the National Center of Academic Excellence designation in 2006.

The vision of the CAE Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education program includes continuously improving the quality of information assurance/cyber defense programs, curriculum, faculty, students and other institutions. Universities earning the designation emphasize faculty efforts in improving IA/CD scholarship, professional development and instructional capabilities.

“We are pleased that this designation confirms the alignment of our efforts with national priorities in cyber security,” said Lyle School Dean Marc Christensen.

“The Lyle School’s Computer Science and Engineering department has long been at the forefront of education, training, and research in Information Assurance,” said department chair Suku Nair.  “With Lyle’s addition of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, our faculty and students will further advance the science, policy, application and education of cyber security through basic and problem-driven, interdisciplinary research.”

The Computer Science and Engineering Department in SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is committed to educating a generation of leaders to build critical cyber systems, applications and networks, and research significant challenges and opportunities within the industry. Computer Science and Engineering research faculty work with students and academic and industry partners through:

  • The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security
  • The National Science Foundation Industrial/University Cooperation Center for Net-Centric Software and Systems
  • The High Assurance Computing and Networking (HACNet) Lab

Students may pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctorate degrees through the department.  Academic programs include:

  • Computer science
  • Computer engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Security engineering

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