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Fort Hays State University re-designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense

Informatics Redesignation

Dr. Melissa Hunsicker Walburn, Chair of the Informatics Department, recently accepted an award from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designating Fort Hays State University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE).

The National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation program promotes higher education programs in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD) to address the critical shortage of professionals with these skills, and highlight the important role of higher education in defending America's cyberspace. Fort Hays State University first earned this designation in 2009. Since that initial designation, some of the existing curricular requirements were expanded, and new criteria or "knowledge units" were added for this accreditation cycle. The current redesignation continues through academic year 2020.

Fort Hays State University is among a distinguished set of less than 50 educational institutions in the country designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education. The designation is awarded only to educational institutions that meet the standards of excellence for cyber security established by the NSA and DHS. The criteria for CAE designation have expanded in scope and increased in number over the past few years, as security and technology challenges evolve rapidly.

"Cyber security, cyber defense, and information assurance remain among the top challenges facing governmental agencies, national security, and private industry. Addressing the safety and security of our citizens and governmental agencies is an essential goal of these programs. With an increasingly skilled and adaptable cyber security workforce, businesses and private industries are also better equipped to defend against cyber activities that can have considerable economic impact as well" said Dr. Hunicker Walburn. "I am proud that our cyber security undergraduate and graduate programs can contribute to answering this need locally, regionally, and nationally-- as our programs are available both on campus and online. This designation is validation that our program remains high quality and nationally competitive."

FHSU's Informatics Department offers both graduate and undergraduate programs in cyber security/information assurance. For more information visit us online .

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