In response to the growing concern about computer security, faculty from several departments created the Information Assurance Center (IAC) as a structure to provide a focal point for research and teaching in computer security. Through the leadership of the faculty, the IAC has grown into a national leader in computer security education and has one of the largest programs in the country. These acheivements led to the designation of the IAC as a charter Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (COE) by the National Security Agency. The goal of the NSA COE initiative is “to reduce vulnerability 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.” The IAC is also home to the NSF I/U CRC Center for Information Protection, which has 2 other universities and over a dozen companies as members.
The center is an interdisciplinary activity, drawing faculty from both technology-based disciplines and from the liberal arts and sciences. Many of the security problems and solutions have social implications that require experience from political science, sociology, history, law, business, and rhetoric and professional communication. By bringing faculty members from these disciplines together, ISU will be able to respond to the needs of students and the priorities of funding agencies.
Website URL: http://www.iac.iastate.edu