Cyber Defense Research Receives National Designation, Again

Monday, June 9, 2014

CHARLOTTE - June 9, 2014 - The National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have re-designated UNC Charlotte as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research.  In 2008, the University was one of the first in the country to receive this designation.

“This is an incredible honor, as this recognition reflects upon the outstanding research accomplishments of our faculty and staff,” said Bill Chu, a professor in the College of Computing and Informatics’ Department of Software and Information Systems. 

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is home to the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, which is the focal point of cyber security research at the University.  The CyberDNA Center promotes automated analytics and synthesis in the design, configuration and evaluation of mission-oriented security systems; conducts advanced study by integrating multidisciplinary research from security, networking, reliability, risk management, economical, behavioral and physical world communities; and creates deployable tools to facilitate technology transfer and workforce (student) education and preparation. 

CCI faculty collaborate with researchers from other colleges and external entities on wide-ranging cyber security topics, including security configuration, policy-driven security management, intrusion detection, prevention, deception and resiliency, threat/fault diagnosis, risk management, applied cryptology, privacy, application and DB security, wireless security, autonomous agents, data mining, visualization and complex adaptive systems.

The college also helped form the Center for Configuration, Analytics and Automation under the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program.

UNC Charlotte has been designated by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education since 2001.

For more information about the program, visit the UNC Charlotte YouTube channel at  (Please note that Bill Chu is the former chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems. Mary Lou Maher currently chairs the department).

About the College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the CCI Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $20 Million.  @UNCC_CCI


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