For release: May 21, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
In the battle to combat hackers, viruses, and other security issues, the University
of Memphis finds itself at the center of the national effort to secure cyberspace.
The U of M’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) has been designated by the National
Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center
of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) for the academic
CfIA initially was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
Education in 2006, becoming the first university in Tennessee to receive the honor.
This year it received an additional designation for research. Forty other universities
in the nation have been awarded the CAE-R designation. The U of M is still the only
Tennessee institution with that designation.
A ceremony recognizing CfIA’s achievement will be held in conjunction with the annual
conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 8
Directed by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science, and Dr. Judith Simon,
professor of management information systems, the Center develops educational tools,
programs, and training for use throughout the Mid-South. By regularly offering information
assurance courses and hosting workshops for students and professionals, including
police officers and other law enforcement officials, CfIA works to create a future
of secure online commerce and a safe computing environment.
In addition to its educational efforts, the Center has been involved in cutting-edge
research on cyber security. Faculty associated with the Center are actively involved
in information assurance-related research areas, including sensor networks, router
security, security visualization, game theory, intelligent security systems, risk
management, cyber ethics, and software testing. In addition, faculty in disciplines
across the University are involved in information assurance research activities, including
those in education, earth sciences, accounting, psychology, and health administration
Dasgupta, founder of the Center’s Intelligent Security Systems Research Lab, studies
bio-inspired systems and applies various soft computing techniques to solve computer
More information is available by phone from Dasgupta at 901-678-4147 or Simon at 901-678-4613,
or online at http://cfia.memphis.edu