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Engaged, Responsible, Committed to Security

Since its founding in 2001, the Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance (NUCIA) has helped improve the posture of information assurance awareness locally, regionally and nationally. The collaborative efforts of faculty, students and community partners have earned UNO the distinction of being named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Studying information assurance and cybersecurity is a little bit like studying medicine: there’s an endless list of applications and possibilities. Other IS&T disciplines such as computer science and bioinformatics intertwine with cybersecurity coursework. There’s even an overlap with criminal justice.

Any company that conducts electronic commerce will need cybersecurity. Security threats are continually evolving, and they range from hacking a home-based personal computer to large-scale communication systems. NUCIA prepares students to become security professionals capable of protecting this valuable information.


NUCIA engages in timely and relevant research, and our interests are as diverse as information assurance is vast. Some popular, ongoing research areas are:

  • critical infrastructure protection
  • applied encryption
  • secure software development
  • reverse engineering


Our Security Technology Education and Analysis Laboratories (STEAL) are isolated from the rest of the Internet, allowing for experiments in a secure environment.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the Scholarship for Service (SfS) program, which grants tuition and fees plus a stipend to students studying information assurance or a related field. In exchange, students intern with a qualified agency and accept a job at such an agency upon graduation.

Established in 2011 NULLify, Computer Security Student Group at UNO, has competed in numerous CTFs ranging from international competitions to locally hosted (UNO-based) competitions. Competitions utilize skills such as programming, vulnerability discovery, exploitation, reverse engineering, social engineering and so forth. Visit the NULLify Webpage for recent information about meeting schedule and cyber competitions.

Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Cybersecurity degree program at UNO is composed of alumni, friends, businesses, corporations, and foundations. Current members of the CAC include representatives from OPPD, NSRI, Conagra, Fiserv, Kiewit Construction, Orion, NU ITS, Gallup, Union Pacific, Metro Community College, Northeast Community College, Bank of the West, FNNI and FBI. 


The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
HLC is a highly respected, long-standing accreditor of post-secondary/higher education institutions. UNO has been accredited continuously by HLC (and its forerunner, North Central Association) since 1939.