University of the District of Columbia Earns Certification for Information Assurance Curriculum from the National Security Agency

Dec 02, 2011, 12:16 ET from University of the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Security Agency has recognized the University of the District of Columbia for its information assurance curriculum, which includes specialties within the information technology and computer science degree programs. The University was supported in significant part by a grant from the National Science Foundation along with collaboration and mentoring by the University of Denver.


CSIT graduates who meet the award requirements will receive institutional certificates as Information Systems Security Professionals or Senior Systems Managers as approved by the Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standards.

In its award, the Committee of National Security Systems praised the University's "very good courses and topics, including…cryptography, digital forensics and a course in the law as it relates to computers."

"We are delighted and honored to receive this recognition," said Dr. Beverly Hartline, Acting Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "Information assurance is an issue vital not only to our nation's security but to all business sectors. The recognition opens numerous professional and career opportunities to our students."  Dr. Byunggu Yu, ARCTIC director and CSIT chair, added that it "will put a new focus on our CSIT degree programs and recruit the best and brightest to our campus." The University's new Assurance Research Center for Trusted Information Computing at UDC ( is a major resource for these programs, the students and the associated research activity on these critical topics.

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and David A. Clarke School of Law.

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Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs,, 202.345.6371.






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