Institute for Cyber Security

  • Mission

    The Institute for Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary institute that will promote and encourage cybersecurity awareness and practice, both on campus and off, through teaching, research, and service activities to enhance people’s knowledge of this important field.

  • Cybersecurity is broadly defined to include information assurance, cyber forensics, data quality, data completeness, data accuracy, privacy, and other issues related to the storage, transmission, and sharing of data and other information. The Institute involves faculty and students from the colleges of Business, Education and Communications, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics in dissemination of knowledge, research, and service projects in the general area of information assurance. The Institute will affiliate itself with faculty and students at other institutions such as community and other four-year colleges to share resources and information in this field and promote the concept and practice of ensuring the security and integrity of information.

    The Institute for Cyber Security strives to establish leadership in cybersecurity and information assurance by contributing to the Homeland Defense initiative. IUP does this by:

    • Producing graduates in cybersecurity.
    • Providing “Training the Trainer” sessions through summer faculty workshops in cybersecurity and information assurance.
    • Partnering with other Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security to bolster the national program in cybersecurity.
    • Collaborating with companies in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and surrounding areas engaged in security research.
    • Providing internship opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience as they work with faculty research projects or community projects.
    • Increasing awareness in security and encourage local companies to participate in security by arranging distinguished visitor seminars, sponsoring colloquia, conferences, and workshops in the area of cybersecurity and information assurance.
  • The 13th annual Cyber Security Day at IUP was held October 20, 2020. More information about the event is available at the CSD page.

    Programs of Study
    IUP offers a BS in computer science / cybersecurity track and a minor in cybersecurity. Students taking specific cybersecurity courses may receive CNSS certificates. Scholarships are available to qualified students.

    Activities
    The Institute for Cyber Security, in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, IT Services, and other departments, actively promotes cybersecurity awareness and information assurance. Activities include Cyber Security Day, Cyber Security Club, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions on issues of national cybersecurity.

    Research and Student Work
    Faculty affiliated with the Institute are actively involved research in cybersecurity/information assurance research, including national cybersecurity strategy, intrusion detection, multimedia security, and cloud computing. Students in their studies complete several research papers and presentations in cybersecurity and information assurance.

    Resources
    The Institute for Cyber Security, together with the IUP Library and IT Support Services, provide links to numerous resources on cybersecurity and information assurance.