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March 30, 2009

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Computer Science Department Courses Receive Federal Security Standard Approval

Courses offered by The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Computer Science have been approved by the Committee on National Security Systems to meet CNSS 4011 and CNSS 4012 security standard requirements, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

This accreditation confirms compliance with federal security standards through 2014. As a result, UT Tyler students who complete the security curriculum will be awarded CNSS 4011 and CNSS 4012 certificates and will automatically meet federal employment requirements.  

The CNSS 4011 standard consists of the fundamental security knowledge needed by any information systems security professional. The CNSS 4012 standard consists of the security knowledge needed by a chief information officer or senior systems manager in authorizing systems certified as secure by a security manager.

“Computer security accreditation places the university and our department at the forefront of information assurance education,” said Dr. Stephen Rainwater, UT Tyler Department of Computer Science interim chair and Chandler professor of computer science.

“It’s a win-win proposition. Our students will have a decided advantage when seeking employment in government and industry, and university recognition will go a long way in promoting our new research focus in computer security as well as open some doors to help secure future external funding.”

CNSS is a federal government entity under the U.S. Department of Defense that provides procedures and guidance for the protection of national security systems.

With this CNSS accreditation, the university seeks to establish a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, Nelson said.

Dr. Nary Subramanian, UT Tyler assistant professor of computer science, will receive the official accreditation award on behalf of the university at this year’s Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in June.

For more information, contact Rainwater, 903.566.7235 or srainwater@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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