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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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National Security Agency Director Addresses Howard Cybersecurity Community
Sherri Ramsay Visits in Recognition of Howard’s NSA Certification


Washington – Sherri W. Ramsay, director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Threat Operations Center, spoke at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Forum of the Blackburn Center. The event marked Howard's recent designation by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) and the launch of the University's new doctoral program in computer science with multiple concentrations, including cybersecurity.

Wayne Patterson, Ph.D., the newly appointed director of Howard's Cybersecurity Research Center (CRC), and Rajni Goel, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Information Systems in the Business School, explained the CAE/IAE certification and present cybersecurity research and education at Howard.

The Cybersecurity Research Center was founded in 2010 at Howard and focuses on developing collaborations in cybersecurity nationally and internationally. The CAE/IAE certification places Howard University at the forefront of academic efforts in cybersecurity. This designation is shared with more than 100 leading universities nationwide and increases opportunities for external funding and grants.

 “Howard University and the CRC are committed to cybersecurity across a broad spectrum,” Patterson said. “This new certification is recognized by the country’s top agencies as a leader in educating the nation’s next cybersecurity experts. Our goal is to engage students and faculty across the campus in this new and important field.”

The newly formed doctoral program in computer science is the first of its kind among historically black colleges and universities. The program offers concentrations in software engineering, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, computer networks, computing systems, and computational science.

Howard’s robust academic program in cybersecurity includes an undergraduate concentration in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, a Graduate Certificate program in Cybersecurity in the Department of Systems and Computer Science, and published research by students and faculty.

For more information on the Cybersecurity Research Center, visit


Howard University is a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

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