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Dr. Hongxin Hu, an assistant professor of computer science and information technology who coordinated DSU's application for certification with the National Security Agency, assists computer science student Niya Lester in a computer science class.

  DSU Computer Science/Info Technology Receives Federal Certification

DSU Computer Science and Information Technology Program has recently been certified as meeting federal training standards that are necessary to produce the computer and information technology personnel needed in the current cyber space environment.

The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) program of the National Security Agency (NSA) has certified that Delaware State University courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for:

  • Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011
  • System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level

This certification adds a tremendous value to DSU's undergraduate computer science and information technology degrees in that an NSA certificate can now be given to each graduate who completes the set of courseware. In addition, it brings DSU one step closer to being designated as a national Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The goal of IACE Program is to provide consistency in training and education for the information assurance skills that are critical to our nation. IACE systematically assesses the degree to which courseware from commercial, government, and academic sources maps to the national standards set by CNSS.

With the ever-increasing threat of cyber-attacks to government and commercial networks, this certification will help DSU CS and IT graduates to fill the critical needs for cyber experts to safeguard systems and eliminate vulnerabilities.