NSA and Dept. of Homeland Security Designate RIT as Center of Academic Excellence




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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Rochester Institute of Technology as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, recognizing the university for its role in producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.

This designation will give RIT students the opportunity to apply for scholarships and co-ops with the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. Both of these federal agencies sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program. The program was created in response to a White House initiative to support the nation’s cybersecurity needs through training and education programs.

RIT is among 75 universities across the country to be deemed a national center in information assurance education. The designation is good for academic years 2006 through 2009. After that time, RIT must successfully reapply in order to retain its designation.

Luther Troell, chair of the Networking, Security, and Systems Administration Department in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences will take part in a formal presentation at 10 a.m. on June 6 during the annual conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education at the University of Maryland.

“This designation will provide many research opportunities for faculty and students in various areas including computer and network security, software engineering, environmental science, homeland security, and criminal justice,” says Troell. “Every college at RIT is involved in some aspect of information assurance.”