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Nova Southeastern University Announces New Ph.D. in Information Assurance Program

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.– March 3, 2014 –

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences is now offering the first Information Assurance Ph.D. for working professionals in the United States.

NSU is designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). NSA’s goal in establishing centers of academic excellence is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance (IA) and producing more professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.

The information security curriculum is certified for compliance with the requirements and standards of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for the NSA/DHS certifications for NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals), CNSSI No. 4012 (Senior System Administrators), and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators).

NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences has been a pioneer of information security education for nearly a decade, at a time when most did not understand what information security entailed or its importance.

“Educating future information security leaders and researchers is essential to continue innovation in the field and identification of opportunities to improve our IT infrastructures, network and cyber security,” said Eric S. Ackerman, dean of NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

The Ph.D. in Information Assurance will be a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research program that prepares graduates for key positions in academia; federal, state and local government agencies; and business and industry. The curriculum will combine both technically intensive and management-focused security courses to provide a comprehensive approach to the study of information assurance/information security. The first of its kind, the Ph.D. in Information Assurance will allow working professionals to earn the degree without career interruption.

Applications for the new program are available and being accepted for fall 2014 enrollment.

For more information on the Ph.D. in Information Assurance, visit




About NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS): The GSCIS provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in the computer and information sciences field. With internationally recognized faculty, innovative curricula, and flexible online and campus-based formats for its five Master of Science, three Ph.D. and three certificate programs – the GSCIS’s graduates are sought after around the world. Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, their information assurance curriculum is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please visit


About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.eduCelebrating 50 years of academic excellence!

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