The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have re-designated Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Systems Security Education for its undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS).
Approximately 145 schools nationwide have received the designation of National Centers of Academic Excellence—the majority being large research universities. OLLU is among the smallest of the 10 Texas institutions recognized as CAEs, and professor Kevin Barton says the re-designation is “great for the university and for San Antonio. Students benefit from the personal touch that small universities offer while studying various ways to protect the national information infrastructure.”
San Antonio’s initiative to become ‘Cyber City USA’ involves a partnership among businesses, academic institutions and government entities that allows for innovation in the industry of cyber security. “The universities in San Antonio are laying the educational foundation for making San Antonio ‘Cyber City USA, and OLLU remains an essential part of the academic piece with its focus on Information Assurance Management and Leadership,” remarked Barton.
The goal of the program at OLLU is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Information Assurance (IA) and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.
Since OLLU is a designated school, students 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.
The designation is valid through 2017.