On June 5, 2007, the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program presented UALR with certification that courses at UALR map to the national standards established by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). Ă‚ UALR met the mapping requirements for Information Systems Security Professionals (NSTISSI 4011) and System Administrators (CNSSI 4013E). Ă‚ The goal of IACE is to increase the application of national standards in the assessment of information assurance education programs throughout the nation. Ă‚ Successfully completing this systematic mapping process certifies that all the elements of the national standards are included in the courses at UALR. Ă‚ The certification is valid through June 2012.
Completion of the IACE mapping is required to achieve the longer term goal of designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE).Ă‚ Schools with this designation receive formal recognition from the U.S. government and students attending these schools 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 (SFS).
Thanks to the efforts of Drs. Sean J. Geoghegan and Remzi Seker, UALR is the first university in Arkansas to successfully complete the course mappings; an important step toward the goal of designation as a CAEIAE.