The Center 4 05Information assurance (IA) involves practices relating to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems, processes, and controls — physical, technical, and administrative — used for those purposes. It includes protecting the integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation, and confidentiality of data, whether in transit or in storage, as these data constitute the critical foundations of government, business, and industry.

Because data systems, processes, and controls face constantly evolving threats — intentional and unintentional — IA is continuously evolving and seeking new and innovative solutions to address such threats. The Center’s IA group leverages the research, service, and teaching capabilities of its members to pursue innovative designs, analytical methods, theories, and practice in the prevention, detection, and remediation of threats to information systems.

Recent Successes

  • Center affiliate Dr. Nitesh Saxena recently awarded over $600K from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for several projects relating to digital device security.

  • Center affiliates Nitesh Saxena and Chengcui Zhang received a $75K grant from Comcast to support their project “Secure and Usable Game CAPTCHAs.”

  • Former Center affiliate Anthony Skjellum and current affiliates Chengcui Zhang, Ragib Hasan, and Purushotham Bangalore received a $300K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project “Development of a GPU-Enabled, Petascale Active Storage Architecture for Data-Intensive Applications in HPC and Cloud Environments.”