Dakota State and National Security Agency receive national cybersecurity innovation award

Dakota State University, along with the National Security Agency (NSA), was recently selected as an Education Award winner in setting standards in cybersecurity education by the SANS Institute. The award will be given at the SANS 2012 National Cybersecurity Innovation Conference and Awards in October.

The NSA Associate Directorate for Education and Training (ADET) and the first four Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations schools – Dakota State University, Northeastern University, Naval Postgraduate School and University of Tulsa - are being jointly honored for this award.  The NSA and the schools are being recognized for helping create higher standards for colleges in cybersecurity operations. These schools are graduating technically proficient and highly skilled students needed to fill positions in cyber operations missions.

“SANS has a tremendous reputation in the security community, so it’s truly an honor to be recognized by them as one of the most innovative projects in 2012,” said Dr. Josh Pauli, associate professor of information assurance at DSU. “DSU’s relationships with NSA and SANS will further strengthen our security programs and provide our students with greater opportunities.”

“Dakota State University is honored to be recognized by a great organization such as SANS for our excellence in cybersecurity education.  This award speaks volumes about our program, our students and the success of our graduates,” commented DSU’s President Dr. David Borofsky. “This award enables us to continue to build many state, regional, and national partnerships in computer science and cybersecurity,” said Borofsky.

SANS stands for SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute and was established in 1989 as a cooperative  research and education organization. According to their website, the SANS Institute enables more than 165,000 security professional, auditors, system administrators, and network administrators to share the lessons they are learning and find solutions to the challenges they face.


Last Updated: 11/1/12