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Learn about NSA's university-level research partnerships

NSA seeks the best technical talent, not only to solve the nation's urgent intelligence problems, but to invent what hasn't been invented and concentrate on what will be needed five, 10, and 15 years down the road. NSA requires a diversity of thinkers who look at things differently. Its academic partnerships play a large role in supporting these mission needs. Some of NSA's academic research partnerships include:

  • Science of Security - The Science of Security initiative collaborates with academia, industry, and other government partners to create a research community dedicated to building secure cyber technologies. With contributions from the disciplines of computer science, mathematics, behavioral science, economics, and physics, the goal is to discover formal underpinnings for the design of trusted systems.

  • Laboratory for Analytic Science (LAS) - LAS is a translational research lab based at North Carolina State University focused on satisfying the short and long term future needs of intelligence analysts who must make sense of large volumes of data and share information in new ways.

  • Laboratory for Physical Science (LPS) - LPS is a unique facility at University of Maryland, College Park where university and federal government personnel collaborate on research in advanced communication and computer technologies.

  • Laboratory for Telecommunications Science (LTS) - LTS conducts both classified and unclassified networking and computing research, exploring the implications of new communications domains. Researchers work at the cutting edge of technology, enhancing NSA's mission of being codemakers and codebreakers.

  • Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) Project - The INSuRE project is a partnership between four successful and mature Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) and NSA, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies in order to design, develop, and test the research network. INSuRE is a self-organizing, cooperative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-level collaborative research project that can include both unclassified and classified research problems in cybersecurity.

Find more information on research initiatives at NSA here.