SMU Recertified as Center of Academic Excellence

In 2004 the Lyle School of Engineering became a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD), and was recently received re-certification through 2021 by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.  Our continual growth in the area of cyber security has earned us this long-term status.

The Lyle School of Engineering continues to meet the increasing demands of the program set forth by the Presidents' National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (February 2003) and the International Strategy for Cyberspace (May 2011).  "Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defending against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so."  Education is the key to promoting these ideals.  Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Suku Nair comments, "The Computer Science and Engineering Department in the Lyle School of Engineering has been in the forefront of education, training, and research in information assurance.  The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security at Lyle further advances the science, policy, application and education of cyber security through basic and problem-driven, interdisciplinary research.  This re-designation confirms alignment of our efforts with national priorities in cyber security."

The dean of Lyle, Marc Christensen notes, "The recent long-term extension of our CSE Department's designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) is an important endorsement of the quality of and continuing improvement in our commitment to cyber security education at SMU.  The CAE IA/CD re-certification, coupled with the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, underscores our efforts in both cyber security education and research."