(Photo courtesy of NYU Poly)
The National Security Agency has three programs where it certifies universities as Centers of Academic Excellence: one in Information Assurance Education, another in Information Assurance Research and, most recently, in Cyber Operations. (Weirdly, though the program is in its third year, it still isn’t listed on the NSA website.)
As of last week, NYU Poly is one of just a handful of schools to have attained all three distinctions.
The cyber operations certificate was awarded in a ceremony last Thursday. NYU Poly professor Tom Reddington accepted the certificate on behalf of the university from the NSA’s Steven LaFountain. NYU Poly staffers said only about four or five universities have all three.
Centers of Excellence schools are assigned a liaison to the NSA, called a SEAL, to identify areas of mutual research and education interest and to help identify future government employees.
NYU Poly professor Nasir Memon brought cybersecurity studies to the school before it became buzzy. One of his most interesting projects is a hackerspace for students to work both on cyber offense and defense, called the Information Systems and Internet Security lab.