Golisano College named National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

By Fran Broderick

Golisano College has long been a leader in information assurance and cyber defense education and this week the college was again recognized for those efforts. Golisano College has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-2021. The certificate presented to college representatives recognizes, "significant contributions in meeting the national demand for information assurance/cyber defense education...and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure." The certificate was presented jointly by the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Administration (NSA).

The college has made notable waves in cyber defense education in recent years, opening one of the nation's first dedicated Computing Security departments in 2013, while winning the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in that same year. The coach of that championship-winning team, and new Computing Security department chair, associate professor Bo Yuan explained, "This year the DHS/NSA strengthened the designation requirements tremendously. There are a large number of knowledge units and topics that need to be covered with breadth and depth by the computing security programs at RIT. It took a lot of effort by faculty to have this completed in time, and I am very pleased with the outcome."

Yuan added that the designation will make RIT students eligible for various government scholarships and that faculty will have "more opportunities for government-funded grants for research and education in computing security areas."