Information systems security is of increasing importance in government, military and commercial arenas. The Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) provides a dedicated environment to encourage the development of expertise in both the theoretical and applied aspects of information systems security. CSIS emphasis on information security makes it unique among the institutions of higher learning in this country.
Established in 1990, CSIS has the distinction of being the first academic center in security at a U.S. university. It is one of the National Security Agency’s original Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, a designation it continues to hold. In 2008, NSA established a new designation – The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-Research). CSIS has earned this new designation, and is designated for both CAEIAE and CAE-Research through 2021.
CSIS differentiates itself from other centers by working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues. The Center resides within The Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) at George Mason University.