University of South Florida Earns Cybersecurity Research Designation
USF receives designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research
TAMPA, Florida—May 30, 2017—The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that the University of South Florida has been granted designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2022.
This is the first time that USF has earned this designation. “This designation is yet another indication of Florida’s growing importance as a leader in cybersecurity research,” said Florida Center for Cybersecurity Director Sri Sridharan. “We’re pleased to support efforts of the State University System (SUS) institutions to procure such designations and we congratulate Dr. Nasir Ghani, Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s research liaison, who led this effort.”
As Dr. Ghani noted, “This designation reflects USF’s status as a recognized leader in cyber defense research. We are fully committed to advancing cybersecurity research efforts at USF and training the cybersecurity researchers of tomorrow.”
In the official award letter, Lynn Hathaway, National CAE-Research Program Manager at the NSA stated, “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.” Certificates will be presented to each designee at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama, on June 7, 2017. In addition to the CAE-R designation, USF received the designation in 2014 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/ Cybersecurity (2014-2019.)