UNT achieves federal designation for information security efforts

Monday, June 18, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas has gained the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE/R) from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

UNT was one of seven institutions in the country to receive the CAE/R for 2012. UNT also reapplied successfully for the designation of 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 cyber security education and research. UNT is one of four schools in Texas to hold both the designation for education and the designation for research. The other schools with both designations are Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of Texas, San Antonio.

Earlier this year Denton was recognized as one of the top ten 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 Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Criminal Justice, Information Technology and Decision Sciences and Library and Information Sciences.

The data security courses offered by UNT have been certified to adhere to the national standards created by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards 4011 and 4013. This certification is made through the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program, part of the National INFOSEC (Information Security) Education and Training Program administered by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). This certification is a prerequisite for earning CAE/IAE or CAE/R designations.

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," said Dr. Ram Dantu, director of the Center for Information and Computer Security and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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