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Area of Service

The Institute for Information Assurance is designed to serve the IUP community through support of faculty and student research, career placement, and the development of teaching laboratories in IA. The institute will also serve the larger public community in efforts to better protect their information systems from malevolent attacks. Public awareness of vulnerability to their information systems is a primary goal of the institute. Through this institute, IUP will provide the human capital to address this critical problem in both the public and private sector.

Need for Service

In February 2003, the President of the United States developed a national strategy to secure our cyberspace. A number of Presidential Decision Directives have been issued, and a national policy has been developed on protecting our critical infrastructures. Information systems are one such critical infrastructure.

Through these efforts at the federal level, the National Security Agency, now in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, developed the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) program. This effort is an outreach program designed to reduce vulnerabilities in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.

Universities that are designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education receive formal recognition from the U.S. government as well as the ability to offer scholarships and granting opportunities to both students and faculty. In conjunction with the CAEIAE program, NSA and the Department of Homeland Security sponsor a number of workshops through the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education and also sponsor a Senior Executive Academic Liaison program. The goal of all such programs is to promote and increase the availability of information assurance education across the United States.

Information assurance education is not an isolated need. The demand for research and for students who possess the needed education and skills is growing. In our global society, we have become dependent on information systems, and ensuring their continued operation is a critical need in our society.

Duplication of Services

There is no duplication of services at IUP by this institute. Outside of IUP, several universities and colleges that are accredited as centers of excellence in information assurance teaching offer workshops every now and then, but these are only a small part of what our institute proposes to offer. Furthermore, topics in information assurance are vast and are still expanding, so that workshops offered in a given year seldom duplicate each other. Neighboring universities that are accredited by the National Security Agency, such as East Stroudsbugh University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh, do not have an established institute of Information Assurance.

  • Institute for Information Assurance
  • Stright Hall, Room 319
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2524
  • Fax: 724-357-2724
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.