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July 18, 2007

Efforts Spearheaded by Anderson School of Management

(Albuquerque, NM) Led by the Anderson School of Management, the University of New Mexico has been named as one of 12 new institutions designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The efforts for designation, five academic years beginning in 2007, were spearheaded by ASM Professors Alessandro Seazzu, Stephen Burd, Christopher Conway and retired professor William Bullers.

Presentations were made recently to the new and re-designated Centers during the annual conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held at Boston University, Boston Mass. The designations and re-designations for 2007 result in a total of 86 Centers across 34 states and the District of Columbia.

The CAEIAE program is designed and intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.

“We’ve spent an extensive amount of time getting the coursework certified and gaining designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education,” said Seazzu. “The process was similar to applying for grants. It’s not an easy process. Much of it was thoroughly reviewing their information and criteria and digesting it. You have to meet the minimum level in each category of the criteria.”

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence Program, which was formed in April 2004 in response to Priority III of the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace of 2003, directs the Federal Government to foster training and education programs to support the Nation’s cybersecurity needs, and to increase the efficiency of existing Federal cybersecurity programs.

UNM was a unique selection with a crossover between the technology and management. There are only three business schools in the nation involved with this program.

As a CAEIAE, UNM students can apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Additionally, universities designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through both the Federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Programs.

“In theory, this designation gives us the opportunity to build a national program with the right resources,” said Seazzu. “There are plenty of opportunities to become unique in what we do. One of the interesting parts of the process was to establish partnerships in the state. We partnered with New Mexico Highlands to get a good influx of students from around the state.”

Some of the goals of the program include supporting the development of Information Assurance/InfoSec leaders through a balance of teaching, scholarship and partnerships with government, public and private entities; promote IA/InfoSec awareness in the regional K-12 educational community through outreach activities; support scholarships and capacity-building grant applications at UNM; to develop and deliver IA curriculum for UNM and partner minority-serving educational institutions; and to enhance the transfer of IA knowledge and practice in academic environments through pedagogical research.

For more information about the CAEIAE program at UNM visit: or the MBA program with a concentration in Information Assurance visit:


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.