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.

Florida State University was designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R) for the period 2014-2021.
The Center for Security and Assurance in Information Technology coordinates and manages these programs at FSU.
Florida State University was first designated by the NSA a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) in 2002 and by NSA/DHS a Center of Excellence in Research (CAE-R) in 2008.

Student Opportunities & Resources


NSF CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) program

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

SFS applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.


NSA/DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP)

The deadline for the 2021 CySP (formally IASP) was end of February 2021. To find out if you qualify, visit C-SAIT's DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program. Details about applications for 2022, etc, will be posted as soon as they become available .


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 Cyber Security 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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