About the Center for Information Assurance Studies

Located along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minn., St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is one of the leading public universities in the upper Midwest. Established in 1869, the university started as a normal school and was granted university status in 1975. Today, St. Cloud State is the largest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and the second largest university in the state. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1 and offering over 175 academic programs, SCSU is one of the most diverse campuses, with more than 1,000 international students from over 80 nations.

Committed to academic excellence, SCSU recently developed a Master’s program in Information Assurance. The Center for Information Assurance Studies (CIAS) at SCSU is an interdisciplinary effort between the Information Systems (IS) Department located in the Herberger Business School and the Computer Networking and Applications (CNA) Department in the College of Science and Engineering.   The CIAS provides a supportive learning environment, in which students are challenged to develop an in-depth knowledge in various domains of information assurance.  These domains include: computer forensics, cryptography,
intrusion detection and prevention, database application security, security policy
implementation, and risk management.

Mission

Dr. Diana R. Lawson

Dr. Diana R. Lawson, Dean
Herberger Business School

The Center for Information Assurance Studies (CIAS) at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) aims to facilitate cyber security research, education, and practice. The Center assists in the creation of an interdisciplinary environment for research and study of issues related to information security and addresses major security and privacy issues from technical, business, legal, and policy contexts. CIAS envisions to equip students with a comprehensive understanding in the field of information assurance (IA), both in theory and practice, helping to build a critical knowledgebase for future leaders.

The Center is currently involved in the development of an innovative graduate IA curriculum.  The pursuit of these objectives is largely possible through partnerships with the federal government, businesses, and other educational institutes.  Together we anticipate the improvement in the quality of IA training, research, and education.  Our goals embody St. Cloud State University’s key mission of providing a tradition of excellence and opportunity.

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