The Center for Security and Assurance in Information Technology (C-SAIT) was established in 2000. Its mission is to serve as a focal point for members of different academic disciplines, government, and industry, to carry out world-class research and to advance the practice and public awareness of information technology security and assurance through education and public service. C-SAIT is dedicated to the synthesis of education and research through combined focus on the theory and applications of Information Security. The primary research function of the Center is to provide an environment that fosters world-class, applied research in information security technology, with a focus on innovation and learning.

In December 2008, due to the initiative of C-SAIT, Florida State University was re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) for the period 2009-2014. In April 2009, FSU was designated by the NSA and DHS an Information Assurance Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R). There are only thirty-six US institutions with both designations and FSU is the only one in Florida.

Student Opportunities & Resources


National Science Foundation Scholarships

C-SAIT at Florida State University is now part of the NSF’s Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. This opens up several funding opportunities for master’s students. Find out if you qualify.

SFS applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2015!


NSA/DoD Scholarships

Florida State University was recently awarded the DoD/NSA Information Assurance Education and Training Scholarship Program Grant. This is an excellent scholarship opportunity in Information Security. The Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program application deadline for Fall 2016 is in February 2016. NB. 1/15/2016: this program for 2016-17 is cancelled!


National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships

These scholarships are available for students beginning doctoral science and engineering degrees; the fellowship awarded is portable and can be taken to the student’s choice of universities.

Featured Links

Below is a list of links to common academic and government websites. Be sure to check out the rest of C-SAIT's extensive collection of links useful for students focusing in IA by browsing the menu on the left side of this page.

  • CERIAS - Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University
  • NSA CSS - National Security Agency (NSA) Central Security Service
  • DoD - U.S. Department of Defense
  • DHS - Department of Homeland Security
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

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