CISAT promotes the exploration of new ideas in information and systems assurance and trust by bringing together faculty from six schools and colleges at Syracuse University: the College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Law, School of Information Studies, The Maxwell School, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the 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 was originally designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance – Education (CAE) in 2001 and was re-designated in 2004, 2007, and 2012. SU was also designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance – Research (CAE-R) in 2009. 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.