On March 19, 2015, FIU was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education through academic year 2019 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This designation applies to the entire university.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) visit support educational programs designed to establish higher education in the fields of information assurance throughout the country. The NSA and DHS designate certain educational programs in the field of information assurance or information security as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).
The CAE/IAE designated programs must have passed stringent requirements and reviews as well as demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence in the information security field. The intention of the CAEI/AE designation is to increase the number of professionals with higher education in the field of information assurance with an overall goal to protect the information infrastructure of the United States.