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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Center for Information Assurance and Security

Center for Information Assurance and Security

The Center for Information Assurance and Security is housed within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Sacramento State University.

Mission Statement

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The mission of the center is to advance knowledge of information assurance and security practices through:

  • Education, training, and awareness programs in information assurance and security issues and practices.
  • Applied research in information assurance and security.
  • Developing interdisciplinary programs in information assurance and security.
  • Outreach programs to assist our community, including community colleges, K-12 schools, industry, and government in information assurance and security issues.
  • Forming collaboration with other education, research, industry, and government institutions as partners.

Special Announcement

The College of Engineering and Computer Science's Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS) is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education. This designation is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the spirit of Presidential Decision Directive 63. To receive the designation, the Center had to meet stringent criteria in regards to the curriculum, faculty, research, and demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and education.

Click here to see NSA's most recent Press Release about Designees, including Sacramento State University's continuing designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence.

NSF Scholarship For Service

We are now accepting applications for NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS). Click here for more information.

Information Security Plans

Click here for Sacramento State's Information Security Office Home Page.

Click here to see College IA Plan.

New and Exciting Research in Information Assurance

The Center for Information Assurance and Security is deeply involved in numerous security or privacy research and education projects. Contact Dr. Ghansah, Dr. Krovetz or Dr. Dai for details.

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)

CCDC is also known as International "Capture the Flag" Competition. The local contest is held during the Fall semester as a project in CSC 154 and CSC 254. Students take part in both roles of Blue Team and Red Team, while the faculty take the role of White Team. Talks are currently under way with local industry to see if they are willing to take on the role of Red Team. Plans are being formulated to hold a contest with the local Community Colleges, as well as help them create their own competitions.

CSUS and ECS Security

The university maintains a Computer Security Incident Response Team. Click here for the incident response page. To report an incident, click here