Information Technology Assurance and Security
The Department of Computer Science has undertaken an initiative
in Information Technology Assurance and Security, which includes
software reliability, information assurance, and computer and
Recent developments in this initiative include the following:
National Security Agency Information
Assurance Education and Training Scholarship Program
Florida State University has applied for
the NSA Information Assurance Education and Training
Scholarship Program that will provide support for students to
study in the field of information assurance and computer security.
Students who wished to pursue this opportunity for Fall 2002 were
required to submit their applications by May 6th 2002. We expect
this will be a yearly process. Students who did not apply in
the last round should keep their eyes open for the next round.
Master of Science degree with Information Security Major, Fall 2001.
The creation of SAIT, the Security
and Assurance in Information Technology Laboratory, including
new laboratory facilities for research and education in
Information Security: the Internet Teaching
Lab, the Security Lab, the Virus Laboratory, and the
Cryptography Lab, Spring and Summer 2001.
FSU Information Security Professional Certificate Program, Spring 2001.
The hiring of Dr. Michael
Burmester, Spring 2001.
Recognized as a Center of Educational Excellence in
Information Assurance by the National Security Agency, Spring
2000. (See the press release.)
Curriculum certified as compliant with NSTISSC standard for
Information Security Professionals (NSTISSI
No. 4011) for academic years 2000 through 2003, Spring
Funding of a new laboratory for computer and network security,
A special Colloquium Series
on Computer Security, Spring 2000.
The development of a new course in Network Security
and Formal Methods, Spring 2000.
The development of a new
course in Computer Security, Spring 2000.
The development of a new course in
Cryptography, Fall 1999.
The hiring of Dr. Yvo
Desmedt, Fall 1999.
The hiring of Dr. Alec Yasinsac, Fall
The offering of a special course in Information
Technology Security Tools and Practices in collaboration with
JAWS Technologies, Inc.,
The department is actively recruiting additional
faculty and graduate students
in this area, as well as the associated areas of Computer and
Networks System Administration (CNSA) and Software
The department has a history of security-related research projects in
the CNSA program, including the following theses and projects:
Tim Bock: Visual Authentication, Fall 1996.
Steven Eschrich: Real-Time User Identification Employing Standard Unix Accounting, Fall 1995.
Tina Li: Behavioral Clustering and Statistical Intrusion Detection, Spring 1997.
Rebecca Cao: RSWatcher: A Port Scanning Detector
, Summer 1999.
Another security-related research project in the department is
Project, an approach to (physical) intrusion detection based
on neural network and expert system technology sponsored by
Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Further information on some of the faculty and student research
activities related to IT Security and Assurance are available at
To see what the Federal Government is doing in this area, see
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Florida State University Computer Science Department
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