Virginia Tech named national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, March 30, 2005 – Virginia Tech has been designated as a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for academic years 2005-2008 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Virginia Tech is one of a select group of universities across the United States to receive this designation for playing a key role in educating professionals to reduce vulnerabilities and protect America’s cyberspace.

The NSA and DHS are co-sponsoring the CAEIAE program in response to the president's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace announced in February 2003. This document refers to cyberspace as the nervous system of our nation's critical infrastructures and directs the Federal government to foster training and education programs to support cybersecurity needs in the United States.

The prestigious NSA/DHS designation is a major step forward for Virginia Tech's efforts in the multi-disciplinary area of Information Assurance, enabling the university to apply for scholarships and grants through both Federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship programs. For more information about Virginia Tech’s education and research programs in Information Assurance, visit

Virginia Tech has fostered a growing partnership with the greater metropolitan Washington D.C., community since 1969. Today, the university’s presence in the National Capital Region includes graduate programs and research centers in Alexandria, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg. In addition to supporting the university’s teaching and research mission, Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region has established collaborations with local and federal agencies, businesses, and other institutions of higher education.