CISAT promotes the exploration of new ideas in information and systems assurance and trust by bringing together faculty from various schools and colleges at Syracuse University: College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Law, School of Information Studies, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, College of Professional Studies, and College of Arts and Sciences.

CISAT will also serve to engage university partners, government agencies, and companies to form a Community of Practice in Information and Systems Assurance and Trust.

This Community of Practice will focus on overarching interdisciplinary questions such as:

  • What are the right combinations of policy, assurance, computing, and trust that balance risk, reward, safety, and innovation in ways that maximize participation and provide opportunity, while mitigating risk to acceptable levels?
  • What must be assured and to what degree?
  • How are the components of policy, law, technology, and assurance combined productively? What, if any, are the underlying principles guiding the combination?
  • How is trustworthiness established and maintained (where trustworthiness includes integrity, confidentiality, reliability, safety, accountability, and ethics)?

CISAT also supports research, teaching, and outreach activities related to Information and Systems Assurance and Trust, as well as conferences, seminars, courses, and special offerings and events.

Syracuse University is among an elite group of academic institutions designated by federal agencies for research and education in information assurance and cybersecurity. The University originally received the CAE Education designation in 2001, CAE-R (Research) designation in 2009, and has been continuously re-designated by the agencies. At that time of the dual designations Syracuse was one of a total of 18 academic institutions nationally to have received the both CAE and CAE-R designations. We are proud to be part of national efforts to reduce vulnerabilities in our nation’s information infrastructure by educating a growing number of professionals with cyber/homeland security expertise, and through innovative research.