Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAEIA)



The CSE Department is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAEIA) education under the NSA's Information Assurance outreach program. The main goal of this program is to identify CS departments around the country that provide programs that are suitable for training students for professional careers in addressing cybersecurity challenges in government and business. The key requirements for being designated are, first and foremost, a suitable set of courses that will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for such careers; in addition, the department and the university must also meet other criteria such as practicing appropriate cybersecurity procedures in their day-to-day operations, etc.

The complete list of currently approved CAEIA institutions is available on-line. The NSA requires institutions to go through recertification as CAEIA institutions every few years. We are currently (Jan. 2015) in the process of applying for recertification. The documents related to that are available on-line; access to those documents is limited; please contact Neelam at if you are interested.

Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

One of the important benefits of being designated as a CAEIA institution is that we can nominate students (must be US citizens) for scholarships under the IASP. The scholarships are quite generous, provide internship opportunities with the NSA and require the student to make a commitment to work for a specified period of time after graduation. Over the last several years, a number of our students have received this scholarship; note, however, the scholarship program is currently suspended and it is not clear when it will resume. For information about opportunities with the NSA, please see


CSE and CIS majors interested in the information assurance and computer security should follow the Information and Computation Assurance technical elective option. The courses for this option are as follows:

Required courses:
CSE 3241: Introduction to Database Systems (3 cr hrs)
CSE 3461: Computer Network and Internet Technologies (3 cr hrs)
CSE 3901: Project Design, Development, and Documentation of Web Applications (4 cr hrs)
CSE 4471: Information Security (3 cr hrs)
CSE 5472: Information Security Projects (3 cr hrs).

Recommended courses:
CSE 5351: Introduction to Cryptography (3 cr hrs)
CSE 5432: Mobile Handset Systems and Networking (3 cr hrs)
CSE 5473: Network Security (3 cr hrs).

Note that CSE 3241 and 3461 also count as "core-choice" courses; CSE 3901 counts as the "junior project" course; the other CSE courses count towards the required number of elective hours; and the non-CSE courses can be counted toward the allowed non-CSE hours among the elective hours. This tech elective option is based on the same option under the quarter system but some courses such as 3901 and 5432 were newly created when Ohio State moved to the semester system recently. Note also that this option as well as others such as Information Systems under the semester system have been approved by the CSE faculty and are in the process of being approved by the university which is expected to be completed within two months or so; once that approval is complete, students' transcripts will indicate, as under the quarter system, the particular tech elective option that she completed.

Other recommended/interesting courses (courses at the 6000-level and above are meant mainly for grad students; undergrad students will require special permission to take them):

Phil 1337: Introduction to computing ethics (3 cr hrs)

AMIS 4660 Electronic Commerce U
AMIS 4660: Electronic Commerce U
AMIS 7640 Data Mining for Business Intelligence

ECE 5101 Introduction to Wireless Networking
ECE 5200 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

IWSE 2010 Systems Modeling
IWSE 5760 Visual Analytics and Sensemaking

Econ 1100.03 Economics of the Internet

Law 7804: The Law of Cyberspace
Law 7806: Privacy
Law 7815: Introduction to Intellectual Property L


Dr. Neelam Soundarajan is director of the program. Faculty with research and teaching interests in computation assurance and, more broadly, in networking include: Drs. Anish Arora, Ten-Hwang Lai, Chunyi Peng, Ness Shroff, Prasun Sinha, Kannan Srinivasan, and Dong Xuan. Steve Romig who is a senior member of the network security group of the Ohio State University also regularly teaches security-related courses in the CSE Department and helps with the revision and development of security-related courses in the department.

More complete information about the extensive research activities of the networking group are available at this page.


Click here to see a list of resources for students and faculty including library and OSU security resources and collaborative efforts.

Further Information

Students with questions about the computation and information assurance technical elective/focus area, the IASP etc., should contact one of the advisors in the Advising Office.

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