Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Institute for Information Assurance has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research for academic years 2011-2016 by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Central Security Service. Harris Institute Director Richard Ford and Harris Corporation Senior Secure Systems Engineer Ronda Henning will be recognized in a ceremony at the 15th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 13-15 in Fairborn, Ohio. Henning received her M.B.A. from Florida Tech in 1990.
“Although our Harris Institute is relatively new, I am not surprised, and am, indeed, very pleased that it should receive such prestigious recognition,” said Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. “I am proud that the center plays such an important role in vital information assurance solutions and that our students can benefit from its world-class resources and faculty.”
The Florida Tech institute is one of just two in Florida designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research.
Harris Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Howard Lance calls the designation a significant milestone.
“This designation recognizes the institute’s ability to address global information security problems that are faced by businesses, governments and individuals,” he said. “Equally important, the institute is developing highly qualified individuals for this fast-growing field by providing postgraduate and research opportunities.”
The mission of the NSA is to protect national security information and information systems, in accordance with National Security Directive 42.