Iowa State University has won designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education, the university announced Monday. The designation is given by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, and schools must demonstrate a commitment to information assurance faculty, curriculum and research to obtain it. The designation covers the academic years from 2014 to 2021. Iowa State was one of the first seven universities to earn the designation in 1999 and has had it ever since. It is the only Iowa school with the designation. Doug Jacobson, professor of electrical and computer engineering and chair of the university's Information Assurance Center, said in a news release that the designation "acknowledges that we have a program that meets the needs of the government and therefore meets the needs of industry."