Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance (CASSIA)

The mission of the center is to foster collaboration and act as a catalyst for research, education, and entrepreneurship in information assurance and cybersecurity. Advances in the field require conceptualizing, measuring, modeling, and countering a multitude of rapidly evolving threats. Crucial efforts to meet these challenges include investigation of appropriate theoretical frameworks, novel analysis of existing defense mechanisms, technical innovations, development and deployment of commercial solutions, adoption of suitable policies and standards, and education of systems professionals, managers, policy-makers, and the general population. The center promotes a cohesive undertaking of the above endeavors to maximize their effectiveness and impact.

The center is a nexus for:

  • Basic and applied research in secure, dependable, and sustainable computing and communications systems
  • Exploration of the implications to information assurance and cybersecurity of ubiquitous computing and other visionary scenarios
  • Anticipation of cultural evolution resulting from the inception of innovative technologies such as social networking
  • Public-private partnerships for threat assessment, response, technology development and deployment; entrepreneurship and transfer of security and IA-related technology to the IT industry
  • Education of professionals in security technologies, policy, and commerce
  • Education of non-technical users: children, parents, teachers, small-business owners

Point of contact: Professor Susanne Wetzel (CS Department)