ASSURE

Welcome to the Center for Excellence for Assurance, Security, and Software Usability, Research, and Education (ASSURE)

Mission

The ASSURE Center at UA Little Rock serves as an organizing body to centralize the education and research efforts of faculty pursuing research and education in information assurance, security, and software usability. By improving the existing curriculum and developing a new curriculum, and by supporting research activities, the members of the ASSURE Center will increase the number and skills of information assurance professionals.

Specific Goals are:

Announcements

Designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE)

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service, America’s crypto logic organization that coordinates highly specialized activities to protect U. S. government information systems, has designated UA Little Rock as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE).

UA Little Rock is recognized due to the efforts and activities of the Center for Excellence for Assurance, Security, and Software Usability, Research, and Education (ASSURE), a university-wide effort that is centered within the College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT). Each applicant must pass a rigorous review demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence in Information Assurance (IA) education. UA Little Rock is the first and only institution in Arkansas to have the prestigious designation.

UA Little Rock joins other national IT training centers – including Florida State, West Point, Purdue University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, and others. As a Center of Excellence, UA Little Rock information assurance students will be eligible for scholarship programs and research grants.

“The NSA designation makes UA Little Rock a regional, if not national, center for securing the nation’s information infrastructure,” said Dr. Mary Good, founding dean of UA Little Rock’s EIT College. “This designation of NSA Center of Excellence will attract federal and other research funding that can make Arkansas computer networks and other telecommunications systems more secure from terrorism – both domestic and foreign.”

UA Little Rock initiated its information assurance programs in 2004 offering a minor and post-graduate certificate melding instruction in computer science and criminal justice to train students in the growing international field of computer security and protection. The programs also add marketability to majors in business, information science, criminal justice, and systems engineering.

The designation as a CAEIAE will make UA Little Rock’s students and researchers eligible for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

The investigators also stated that receiving this designation following the first application is unusual. UA Little Rock’s successful completion of this effort in the first application is due to the high-quality activities in the ASSURE Center.

CAEIAEs serve as regional centers of IA expertise and have begun to provide more programs aimed at retooling and retaining current federal and state information technology personnel.

Center POC

Philip Huff
Center for Excellence for Assurance, Security, and Software Usability, Research, and Education (ASSURE), &
Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock Arkansas, 72204-1099
Phone: +1 501 569 8134
pdhuff@ualr.edu