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Securing the World's Cyber Infrastructure

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Welcome to CSIS!

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.

Sushil Jajodia Massimiliano Albanese Kun Sun Emanuela Marasco Zhisheng Yan    
  Rajesh Ganesan Hemant Purohit Sadegh Torabi      

Established in 1990, CSIS has the distinction of being the first academic center in security at a U.S. university. CSIS differentiates itself from other centers by working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues.  The Center resides within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C)

George Mason University is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C). It is one of the National Security Agency’s original Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE), later rebranded as CAE in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).  In 2008, NSA established a new designation, the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R), later rebranded as CAE in Cyber Research, a designation that Mason earned for the cutting-edge research being conducted at CSIS.  Mason is designated for both CAE-CD and CAE-R through 2021, and is currently undergoing redesignation.

The NACE-C validated cybersecurity Program of Study (PoS) offered by Mason is the BS in Information Technology (BS IT) with concentration in Cyber Security. The program is offered by the Department of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and is regularly updated based on recommendations from the IST Industry Advisory Board.

Security Resources at Mason

The IT Security Office provides computer users and system administrators with the tools and information they need to secure their systems.