Center for Information Security and Assurance
Formed in 2001 as an epicenter for Information Assurance research and education within UMBC’s Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department (CSEE), the Center for Information Security and Assurance fosters collaborations with local area businesses, laboratories, and government agencies and promotes interdepartmental interaction among departments and offices including CSEE, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics, Continuing and Professional Studies, Office of Information Technology, and the Policy Sciences graduate program.
CISA is directed by CSEE associate professor Alan Sherman. Research areas of interest at CISA broadly encompass all areas of information assurance. Projects include, but are not restricted to, secure voting, trustworthy computing, cryptology, network security, security of cloud computing, security education, and digital forensics.
Cyber Defense Lab
UMBC’s Cyber Defense Lab (CDL) is the main lab within UMBC’s Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA). The lab is an isolated environment where students are given the opportunity to research topics that would normally be considered too dangerous to network and system resources or to be investigated in other computer labs.
Located in UMBC’s Information Technology/Engineering Building (228), the CDL meets bi-weekly and hosts both a free distinguished lecture series on information security and student presentations on current research.