RIT recognized by National Security Agency

August 18, 2017 07:03 AM

One college in our area is now on the front lines of our nation's cyber-security. RIT just earned a big honor from the National Security Agency. The school has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

"It's a recognition of the efforts of our faculty in their original research in cyber-security and education," said Bo Yuan, a professor and the chair of RIT's Department of Computing Security.

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It means students and staff at RIT will be working directly with NSA and Homeland Security staff to learn more about cyber defense. According to staff at the school, the NSA will share issues with researches, and then they'll look into solutions.

Two years ago, RIT invested $2 million into its cyber-security program. Now, Anne Haake, the Dean of RIT's Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, says it's paying off.

"We knew we already had a long-term relationship with the NSA through our students finding placement there," she said. "It seemed obvious that this was a good investment."

"Coming from a program that's so strongly recognized provides us options to go into careers that I don't think other universities get," said Max Maurin, a fifth-year student at RIT.

The school had already been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. It's now one of just 39 schools to have both designations.


Chris Horvatits

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