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NSA designates ISU as a center of academic excellence in cybersecurity

Indiana State University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through December 2027.

The designation, which lasts five years, was given to the university by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for its robust cybersecurity program. It is a nod to the quality of the program and its role in preparing students to succeed in the field of cybersecurity, helping to address the shortage of professionals with the skills to protect and defend U.S. information infrastructure against threats in cyberspace.

ISU’s cybersecurity program, within the School of Criminology and Security Studies, went through a yearlong in-depth evaluation and met rigorous requirements to be designated. “The NSA and DHS only award the designation to schools that commit to promoting the program’s goal, which is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by improving higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise,” said Jason James, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at ISU.

Apart from the formal recognition by the U.S. government, this designation enables ISU to pursue grants that can support more student scholarships and research.

With the designation, ISU does not only become a top choice for students who want to learn the necessary expertise to succeed in the cybersecurity workforce, James said, but also assures them that they will be taught the most current curriculum meeting the highest standards. They can also participate in an extensive network of cybersecurity professionals, educators, researchers, advocates, and employers in the field.