NSA Names NYU School of Engineering to Exclusive List of Cyber Security Programs

First in New York to be Designated an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations

The National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command have named the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, the first in New York earning the designation and one of only a handful in the country to earn all three Center of Excellence designations from NSA.

The new honor signals that a school maintains a deeply technical, interdisciplinary graduate-level program with extensive opportunities for hands-on learning. Launched in 2012, the Center of Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations is the third such program overseen by the agency. The CAE in Information Assurance Education was launched in 2001, and the NYU School of Engineering became one of the first schools in the country to earn that designation. The CAE in Information Assurance Research was initiated in 2007, with the NYU School of Engineering earning that honor, as well, shortly thereafter. All three are designed to cultivate cyber professionals, and the program is an outgrowth of the President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

“The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering was one of the first schools in the nation to introduce a cyber security program,” said Professor Nasir Memon, head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. “We are very proud to have earned the National Center of Excellence designation in all three available areas and will continue to provide the hands-on interdisciplinary education and research support so vital for our country’s next generation of cyber security experts.”

The school launched its master’s program in cyber security in 2009, just weeks after the Pentagon revealed it had spent $100 million over the prior six months to clean up damage from Internet attacks and other network problems. Since then, more than 100 NYU School of Engineering master’s degree recipients have gone on to careers as developers of security products, security application programmers, security analysts, penetration testers, vulnerability analysts, and security architects. The school also offers numerous cyber security courses and extra-curricular opportunities for undergraduates.

Its cyber security program was previously singled out by the Sloan Consortium as the outstanding graduate online program.

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