UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance


About CISA

Our Mission

CISA is an interdepartmental center promoting research, education, and best practices in information security and assurance. It is the central point of information and activity for research, education, training, special activities, and sound internal practices in the area of information assurance at UMBC. It fosters collaborations with local area businesses, laboratories, and government agencies, and promotes interactions among all relevant UMBC units, including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE), Information Systems (IS), Mathematics, Physics, Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS), Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Policy Sciences graduate program.

Research areas of interest at CISA broadly encompass all areas of information assurance. Projects include, but are not restricted to, secure voting, trustworthy computing, cryptology, network security, security of cloud computing, security education, and digital forensics.

Our Organization

CISA is directed by Dr. Alan T. Sherman, Associate Professor of Computer Science. It is an NSA/DHS designated National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) and Research (CAE-R). CISA connects several departments across UMBC and is the point of contact for partnerships with other institutions for Information Assurance.

The Center is administratively housed within the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CoEIT). Departments represented (including points of contact) in the Center include

Our History

CISA grew out of Dr. Sherman's earlier research group known as the UMBC Security Technology Research Group (STRG), which operated from 1995 to 2000. CISA was formally established in Fall 2001 within the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as the university-wide focal point for research, education, and best practices in information assurance at UMBC. The Center was first designated as a CAE/IAE in 2001 and as a CAE-R in 2008 and has maintained continuous designation.