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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.