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Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2007

National Security Agency designates IU a cybersecurity "center of excellence"

April 19, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The National Security Agency has assigned Indiana University "center of excellence" status for the academy's ongoing commitment to the protection of digital information from hackers and other Internet-savvy troublemakers.

CACR Director Fred Cate

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As a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, IU becomes a formal partner in national efforts to keep networks and computers safe and secure.

"The designation of Indiana University as a National Center of Academic Excellence reflects the university's internationally recognized prominence in the study, teaching and use of information technologies," said Fred Cate, director of the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). "We credit the determined leadership of then-Vice President of Information Technology Michael McRobbie, the hard work of faculty from across the university to create an information security curriculum and research program, and the perseverance of CACR Associate Director Scott Orr, who shepherded the university's application these past three years."

According to the NSA, the center of excellence designation lasts five years and is the result of "a rigorous review" in which applicants are "evaluated against stringent criteria."

Cate said the application could not have gone forward without the existence of CACR, a research center that works to enhance the security and integrity of information systems, technologies and content by facilitating research and education informed by, and integrated with, the practice of information assurance. McRobbie created the center in 2003.

"Indiana University has an unparalleled array of practical and extensive academic resources in information technology," said McRobbie, IU's president-elect. "When we created the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, I charged it with marshalling these diverse resources to enable Indiana University to deliver outstanding teaching and research about one of today's most important and challenging technology issues -- information security. I applaud the work of the center and of the many Indiana University faculty and staff whose initiative and expertise this designation recognizes."

CACR is a research center of Indiana University with components on both Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.

To speak with Cate, please e-mail To speak with McRobbie, please contact Larry MacIntyre at 812-856-1172 or