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Press Release


November 2, 2006

(Albuquerque, NM) The University of New Mexico, led by the Professor Alessandro Seazzu, Professor Stephen Burd, retired professor William Bullers, and Christopher Conway of the Anderson School of Management, has applied to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) Program to be recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence. So far, UNM has overcome the first major hurdle in this process.

The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Review Committee has recently validated that UNM courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals and System Administrators), Entry Level.

UNM will receive an official certificate during the June 2007 CNSS Awards Ceremony which will be held at the 11th Colloquium for Information Systems. The certificate will be signed by the CNSS chair and will be valid through June 2012.

This is the prerequisite prior to submitting an application for the CAEIAE Program. The following steps of the application process will be meeting rigorous criteria having to do with UNM’s incorporation of information assurance (IA) in curriculum, research, practice, incorporation into various disciplines, partnerships with minority colleges and universities, or two-year community colleges, or technical schools, libraries, and IA faculty members. These criteria are all measured on a specific scale based on points.

If UNM becomes a National Center of Academic Excellence, students in attendance are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

The goal of the CAEIAE Program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in IA, and producing a growing number of professionals with IA knowledge and experience in various academic disciplines.

The designations and re-designations for 2006 resulted in a total of 75 Centers across 32 states and the District of Columbia.
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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.