Capella University designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

July 16, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, July 16, 2007 – The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Capella University, an accredited* online university based in Minneapolis, as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Capella is the second university in Minnesota to receive the designation.Capella is one of only 86 higher education institutions in the United States that have received the designation, and one of only a handful of online universities that have achieved it. The designation is valid for the academic years 2007 through 2012.The National Center of Academic Excellence program is intended to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure (IA) by promoting higher education in the field and educating more professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. The President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace refers to cyberspace as the nervous system of our nation’s critical infrastructures, and indicates that the healthy functioning of cyberspace is essential to our economy and national security. Securing cyberspace presents a difficult challenge, and IA education is a critical component in successfully meeting that challenge.“The designation validates that Capella learners are getting the information assurance and security education required by the industry,” said Dr. Kurt Linberg, dean of Capella’s School of Business and Technology. “Capella is pleased to be a partner in helping address the critical shortage of IT security professionals. We believe our online programs provide an ideal format for busy military, government and corporate IT professionals interested in improving their information security skills.”To receive the designation, Capella demonstrated it met stringent criteria relating to faculty qualifications, curriculum, resources, research, and partnerships in information assurance education.Capella’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) as administered through the NSA. In addition, Capella was the first Web-based education partner of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, a major certifying organization in the field of information security.  About Capella UniversityFounded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 89 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552). *Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552),  Learn more about earning an online degree at Capella University: online education (, online college (, distance learning (, online university (, online learning ( ###


One Response to “Capella University designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education”

  1. Nice Post! People are increasingly turning to Online Security Training in these times.

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