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National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designate Pace University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022

03/28/2017

Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems recognized for its role in cybersecurity education and research

New York, NY – March 28, 2017 – Pace University, through the efforts of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022. An evening reception during the National Cyber Security Summit in June will recognize Pace and the other schools that have received this distinction.

"This recognition by the NSA and the DHS is a tribute to the faculty and students of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University and the excellence that they have brought to the study and practice of cybersecurity for more than a decade," said Dr. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School. "The Seidenberg School faculty have developed a stream of well educated, highly trained students who are now on the front lines of the cybersecurity fight on behalf of our government. We could not be more proud of our designation as a Center of Academic Excellence, but we understand that our work in preparing the next generation of cybersecurity specialists is just beginning."

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” noted Karen Leuschner, National CAE Program Manager, NSA, in a letter to Pace about the designation. “The Presidents’ National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, 14 February 2003 and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace.”

Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems actively promotes education, research and outreach in information security, with faculty members working to explore the challenges of securing information in areas ranging from software to networks to ethics.

There is an acute shortage of information assurance professionals in an industry challenged with an evolving threat to digital security. Pace’s Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab is committed to address that shortage and contribute to building a strong workforce in a field that is crucial to keeping cyberspace secure.

The Lab focuses on education, research, and partnerships with academia, industry, and government. Pace’s academic programs empower students with the knowledge they need to make a difference. Pace faculty members work in innovative research projects that help discover new ways to combat cyberattacks. Through partnerships, Pace strives to maintain a shared knowledge base that benefits the industry as a whole.

The Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab at Pace is directed by Dr. Li-Chiou Chen and Andreea Cotoranu. Dr. Chen is the Chair of the Information Technology department and has secured a wealth of grants for the Seidenberg School’s continued research and activities in cybersecurity. Andreea Cotoranu is the Assistant Dean for Academic Innovation and has similarly obtained many grants that have enabled Pace to offer excellent academic opportunities, as well as workshops and events, to students and the community.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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