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Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education

The Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Assurance, Research and Education (CEISARE) offers graduate education and coordinated research in computer security and information assurance.

The Center offers an advanced graduate certificate program in information assurance, which is designed to equip students at UB with a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of this emerging profession. It is one of about 50 federally designated centers that supply the United States with graduates trained to protect the nation from computer based attacks.

An interdisciplinary program, CEISARE includes faculty from a variety of UB schools and departments, including the College of Arts and Sciences (mathematics); School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (computer science and engineering), School of Management (management science and systems), and the School of Law.

Scholarships for Service are available to students who plan to attend UB full-time and pursue a degree program through CEISARE. In exchange for the financial support, students must agree to work for the federal government for the same number of years that they received the support upon graduation. Students can choose from numerous agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the FBI. Additional information and applications are available here.

Research topics include the broad areas of e-commerce, security, networks and secure voting. Current projects address critical issues such as the development of cyber-attack recognition systems, protecting documents from insider threats, real-time intrusion detection, unintended information retrieval, and the security of corporate intranets. A complete list of on-going research projects is available here.

UB was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and as a Center of Excellence in Research (CAE-R) in 2014 for the academic years 2014-2021. The Center had earlier been certified as a CAE-R in 2009 and to have met the Information Systems Security Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and Systems Administrators, CNSSI No. 4013 for 2008-2013.

Community Outreach

The UB GenCyber camp aims to engage middle and high school students in hands-on computer activities to learn about different cybersecurity topics. Activities throughout the week prepare campers for the last day, when they attempt to defend the UB GenCyber network from a simulated cyber-attack.

A two day teacher workshop is also part of the UB GenCyber Camp program.  This workshop guides teachers through several curricular examples of how to teach introductory cybersecurity topics without using technology.  Teachers also received resources to start a cybersecurity club at their respective schools.

In addition to UB and CEISARE, the camps sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency and Time Warner Cable.