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Capella University Named NSA National Center of Academic Excellence

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by , 07-04-2007 at 03:37 PM (7921 Views)
As an academic student of Information Security, I am very happy to announce that my school, Capella University, has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) for the academic years 2007-2012. To earn this status, Capella's information technology programs, curriculum, and faculty passed a rigorous review demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence in information assurance education.

The CAE/IAE designation for academic institutions is part of the United States NSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) strategy for securing national information systems. As quoted directly from the NSA CAE/IAE Web page:

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) Program is an outreach program designed and operated initially by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the spirit of Presidential Decision Directive 63, National Policy on Critical Infrastructure Protection, May 1998. The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, February 2003, now jointly sponsor the program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance (IA), and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.


Capella University was founded in 1991 and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and became a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) in 1997. Capella's School of Technology offered its first undergraduate degree in information technology in 2000.

In 2003, Capella became the first Web-Based Higher Education Partner of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)˛. Capella has designed the curriculum of its information security program based on the ten domains of the (ISC)˛ CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Together with Capella's fully online, Web-based instruction delivery method, the (ISC)˛ recognizes the quality and value of Capella's information security program.

In 2005, Capella's Information Security program was certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) to meet the National IA Education & Training Program Standards NSTISSI-4011 (National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals) and NSTISSI-4013 (National Information Assurance Training Standard For System Administrators). Meeting these standards is an indication that an educational program contains the minimum course content for the training of information systems security professionals, and the development and implementation of Information Assurance training for System Administrators, as defined by the CNSS.

Today, Capella University offers more than 800 online courses and 17 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 105 specialized areas of study, including degrees and certifications in Information Technology with Information Security specializations. Capella is attended by more than 19,000 adult learners from all 50 states and 56 countries.

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NSA and DHS Announce the 2007 Designation of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

Capella University News Release

History of Capella University

Capella University, Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology – Information Security Specialization

Capella University, Bachelors of Science (BS) in Information Technology – Information Assurance and Security Specialization

Capella University, Graduate Certificate – Information Security Professional
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