Mason Re-designated as Center of Academic Excellence

Posted: May 31, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The National Security Agency has re-designated George Mason as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. George Mason was one of the initial group of seven universities named as centers of excellence in 1999, and the designation has been renewed through 2005.

Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, says, “I would like to offer my congratulations to Sushil Jajodia and his colleagues in the Department of Information and Software Engineering. I also appreciate the efforts of the increasing number of faculty and students throughout our school who are working in the areas of information security and infrastructure protection. I anticipate that we will continue to see significant growth of both educational programs and research in these important areas.”

George Mason received a commendation on the re-designation from Virginia Secretary of Education Belle Wheelan, who said, “The protection of the national information infrastructure is extremely critical to our nation, and I’m proud that Virginia will have such an important part in the process.”

The Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), headed by Jajodia, is the hub for much of the activity in information assurance and computer security at George Mason. The center focuses on research in information systems security and works with academia, industry, and government to advance the state of the art and to provide an environment for education and training in information systems security.

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