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Dartmouth designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/21/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth College has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the academic years 2008 through 2013. The CAE-R program supports a national strategy to secure cyberspace by promoting education and research that address threats and vulnerabilities to the information infrastructure.

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(l-r) Sean Smith and David Kotz of the Computer Science Department, Vice Provost Martin Wybourne, NSA's Richard George '70, and Tom Candon, associate director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies. (Photo by Sarah Memmi)

Based on Dartmouth's rich history of academic computing, the access and use of information technology by students, and the work of the Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS), the successful application included contributions from all corners of campus. Areas primarily involved are the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Sociology, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies Center at the Tuck School of Business.

One of the academic leaders in cyber security work at Dartmouth, Associate Professor Sean Smith said, "Being recognized for our security work is quite an honor. Furthermore, that this accolade combines 'education' with 'research' reflects the approach to scholarship that makes Dartmouth so special." 

David Kotz, professor of computer science, added, "I am pleased that Dartmouth was selected as one of the first NSA centers of excellence in both education and research in information assurance. This designation reflects the strength of the program built by Dartmouth's Institute for Security Technology Studies over the past decade."

"The designation acknowledges the strength of Dartmouth's teaching and research directed towards cyber security," said Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research. "These complex problems involve social as well as technical questions and benefit from the interdisciplinary approach Dartmouth provides."

During a recent visit to the College shortly after the designation was announced, NSA Technical Director for Information Assurance Richard George (Dartmouth class of 1970) said that he "welcomes Dartmouth to the program and looks forward to working closely with students and faculty to benefit the security of the nation." 

In addition to the prestige of being named a CAE-R, Dartmouth students will be able to benefit from the program through increased access to targeted scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service, which is funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

The designation of Dartmouth as a National Center of Academic Excellence will be recognized at a ceremony during the 12th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, which will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas, on June 4th.

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