The University of Arizona Awarded Prestigious Cyber Defense Research Designation

The University of Arizona Awarded Prestigious Cyber Defense Research Designation
August 23, 2017

TUCSON, August 23, 2017—The University of Arizona has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022.

This honor is reserved for universities, such as the University of Arizona, that feature academic research grounded in technology, computer science, computer engineering and related fields. The certification designates the University of Arizona’s cyber defense research efforts as fulfilling the needs of the public and private sectors as well as contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure.

“Cyber defense research, and all things related to cybersecurity, are increasingly important as we move forward into the fourth industrial revolution. Our interconnectedness with each other through internet-capable devices means cybersecurity will be a key to many aspects of our daily lives," said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “I am very pleased the UA’s leadership in this field is being recognized, and I know the UA community and the world-leading scholars in the Eller College and their partners around campus are honored to receive this important designation.” 

As a result of this designation, students attending any of the university’s cybersecurity programs—including the UA's new Master's in Cybersecurity program—are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Students that complete the approved program of study will receive explicit recognition to add to their personal credentials.

The University of Arizona is also a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through 2021, as cited by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) office under the authority of the U.S. National Security Agency.

The application process for the CAE-R designation was initiated and lead by Eller College’s department of Management Information Systems (MIS), with research and publication contributions from the College of Engineering’s Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and the College of Science’s Computer Science (CS) departments.

About the Eller College

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 15 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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