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Department of Computer and Information Sciences
1333 Wahnish Way
308-A Banneker Technical Bldg.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 

 
FAMU Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance
     
ABOUT US


Overview of FCSCIA:


The FAMU Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance (FCSCIA) recognizes that as technology advances and the world becomes more and more technology oriented, the tasks of Information Assurance (IA) becomes progressively more challenging. FCSCIS focuses on research and development on all aspects of information security, including systems vulnerability assessment, theory development and formalization methodologies, and mobile computing.
The mission of FCSCIA is to promote, coordinate, and implement education, research and innovation in Information Assurance (IA). Participation in Center research projects and educational endeavors is open to faculty, visiting scholars, graduate students and students from underrepresented populations. A goal of the Center is to involve undergraduate students in IA research.

The Center is aligned with University values and supportive of its mission to:
  • Help students realize their educational goals.
  • Provide intellectual challenge and undergraduate research opportunity
  • Value and promote teaching, scholarship and active learning.
  • Encourage experimentation, innovation and creativity.
The Center represents a response to a national need.  President Obama states in his Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal that "cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation."  [Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal, May 12, 2011]
 
Mission Statement:

The mission of FCSCIA is to promote, coordinate, and implement education, research and innovation in Information Assurance (IA).  Participation in Center research projects and educational endeavors is open to faculty, visiting scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, students from diverse disciplines and underrepresented populations.
 
Objectives & Purpose:

The Center exists to:
  • Offer coursework leading to Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certificates in Information Assurance recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Increase minority participation in security and information assurance related careers.
  • Support university initiatives and projects in information assurance.
  • Establish a program of research in secure computing and information assurance.
  • Serve as a community, regional and national resource for educational institutions, small businesses and the general population.
Organizational Structure:

The organizational chart of FCSCIA is depicted in the <2011 FCSCIA Annual Report>.  The Center Director, Dr. Edward Jones,  is responsible for overseeing and guiding the mission of the Center.  The Center has an Advisory Board of academic, corporate and government representatives who provide advice and guidance on the Center's annual and strategic plans and performance relative to the same.  The activities of the Center fall into five major areas:  research, curriculum/standards, education/training, service/outreach, and efforts to gain certification as a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).  The areas are described below:
  • Research:  Establish a program of research in information assurance and secure computing.  Seek external funding from federal, state, and corporate sources.

  • Curriculum and Standards:  Maintain curriculum mappings to industry IA standards (e.g., CNSS 4011, 4012, etc.) and authorization to offer professional certificates to students completing IA courses.

  • Service and Outreach:  Implement programs to promulgate IA awareness to students at the university and to the local community.  Collaborate with other institutions to enhance their capacity for IA education, research and outreach.

  • Support activities related to FAMU's Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE):  The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated FAMU as a CAE-IAE for academic years 2012-2017.
 
Timeline of IA activities at FAMU CIS:

The following timeline highlights the many IA efforts within the Computer & Information Sciences Department at FAMU: