NSA Certifies Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Program Aimed at Cyber Security

Published: May 15, 2013

NSA Certifies Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Program Aimed at Cyber Security

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students will be on the front lines, training to fight the war that is waged online.

The University has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE), for the academic years 2013-2015, by the National Security Agency (NSA). 

According to the Department of Defense, reducing vulnerabilities in national information infrastructures requires much more than leading-edge technology, it requires well-trained, skilled people.  The accreditation from the NSA is given to only a limited number of universities that have strong academic programs, faculty credentials, and outreach programs.  

The Island University’s computer science projects focus on research and development in all aspects of information security and represent a response to this fast growing, national need.  President Obama states in his Cyber-security Legislative Proposal that "cyber-threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation."

Because of this, the Department of Labor predicts a faster-than-average job growth for Information Security Analysts, with a projected 22 percent increase from 2010 to 2020.  Dr. John Fernandez, Associate Director for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi says this means students graduating with a cyber-security emphasis, from a program that is CAE certified, will have an advantage over other students looking for employment.

“With the increasing number of cyber-attacks, the need for more cyber-security graduates will continue for many years to come,” said Fernandez. “The certification will ensure that A&M-Corpus Christi graduates can fill those higher-paying positions.”

This prestigious designation will also provide federal internship and scholarship opportunities for A&M-Corpus Christi students.   

The certification begins in June and will last for two years before re-certification is needed.  The CAE certificates will be presented at the 17th annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on Monday, June 10.