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SMU News & Communications
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March 30, 2006

SMU Receives Recognition From National Security Agency

SMU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for academic years 2006-2009.

The goal of the program, sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, is to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance (IA) and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise.

SMU’s School of Engineering has been in the forefront of this revolution due in part to the High Assurance Computing and Networking (HACNet) Lab in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The lab’s focuses include intelligence gathering, data analysis, and secure command and control necessary for wide-ranging applications including military operations and transportation security.

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