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April 20, 2006
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EMU joins International Cyber-Security Education Coalition

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University will join several other higher education institutions in signing the International Cyber-Security Education Coalition agreement (IC-SEC). The signing will take place Friday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

The IC-SEC is a joint venture between the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education at EMU and the University of Detroit Mercy), Regis University in Colorado, Henry Ford Community College, Oakland Community College, Delta College (Mich.), Lansing Community College and Washtenaw Community College.

The coalition’s purpose is to help strengthen national security, establish business/industry partners in Michigan and nationally, and provide an articulated education that can lead to nationally critical cyber-security jobs. Information assurance deals with areas such as information management, data integrity, software security, cryptography, intelligence and network security.

“The IC-SEC coalition provides a seamless vertical articulation from the community college associates through bachelors, master’s and post graduate work in the critical infrastructure of information assurance,” said Gerald “Skip” Lawver, associate professor in the NSA Center of Academic Excellence at EMU.

“The International Cyber-Security Coalition (IC-SEC) is dedicated to fostering excellence in education for the crucial areas of homeland and cyber security protection. It is the largest consortium of its type in the Midwest,” said Dan Shoemaker, director of University of Detroit Mercy’s Center. “Eastern Michigan University was chosen to host the event this year because of its designation as a NSA National Center of Academic Excellence and its reputation as a leader in the field of information assurance and critical infrastructure protection. The recognition that this event will provide will continue to underwrite Eastern's status as an important source of training and education for this vital new field.”

Lawver said students will benefit because they will be assured of curriculum that meets and/or exceeds standards set forth by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
Members of the coalition also will partner on grant work, research opportunities and internships in the information assurance field, Lawver said.

EMU earned its designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security in 2005. EMU is one of only three schools in the state to have the designation. University of Detroit Mercy and Walsh College are the others.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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