News and Events

 Recent public activities of Center for Information Assurance (CfIA)

Research presentations delivered by CfIA members

Time and location: May 12th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Daya/Kul
Topic: Ransomware Defense

Time and location: Feb 24th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Robert Edstrom
Topic: Phishing: Phase 1 - Reconnaissance.

Time and location: March 17th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Adithya K Murthy
Topic: Efficiently process data generated from IoT using Hadoop.

Time and location: March 24th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Dr. Kan Yang (Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science)
Topic: Secure and Scalable Data Outsourcing in the Public Cloud.

Time and location: March 31st, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Vamsi Krishna Polam
Topic: Mobile device security and Privacy.

Time and location: April 7th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Subash Poudyal
Topic: Literature review of web security.

Time and location: April 14th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Ayushi Mehta
Topic: Blockchain--- technical details, potential uses and security risks.

 Nulltester meeting (our group for cyber defense competition on the behalf of UofM)

Tuesday: 3:00PM-5:00PM, FIT 324
Thursday: 3:00PM-5:00PM, FIT 324
Friday: 10:20AM-12:00PM, FIT 324

 Guest speaker (joint event between CfIA and Department of Computer Science)

Time and location: Feb 17th, 2017, 12:30 pm, Dunn Hall 351
Presenter: John Hamilton, Jr., Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Department, Mississippi State University
Topic: Simulation Security - "What if a Simulation is Too Good?"

The need for simulation software vulnerability assessment is being driven by three major trends: increased use of modeling and simulation for training and operational planning; increased emphasis on coalition warfare and interoperability and finally increased awareness of the potential security risks inherent in sharing operationally useful software. This presentation will describe in an unclassified manner the process developed by Dr. Hamilton and the Missile Defense Agency to evaluate potential vulnerabilities in shared simulation software.

Research presentations delivered by CfIA members

Time and location: Feb 10th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: Berkeley Willis
Topic: How to solve the challenges in the computer hacking competition.

Time and location: Feb 17th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Presenter: McKittrick Swindle
Topic: Linux encrypted containers, variants, and their usages in systems administration.

Nulltester meeting (our group for computer hacking competition on the behalf of UofM)

Feb 9th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Feb 10th, 2017, 10:20AM, FIT 324
Feb 14th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Feb 16th, 2017, 3:00PM, FIT 324
Feb 17th, 2017, 10:20AM, FIT 324

Computational Intelligence in Cyber Security

Organize a Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Cyber Security (CICS) at IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), December 6-9, 2016 at Athens, Greece

Cyber security summit 2016

9th Cyber Security Summit will be held on 14 October, 2016 at FIT. Click here for more info

ransomware workshop by FBI

FBI Sponsored Ransomware Symposium (at FIT on August 22nd) from 1PM to 3PM, register at here

NCPC Annual Report

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Gencyber BOOT camp Application form, 2016

GenCyber Boot Camp 2016 Registration form for High/Middle school students

 GenCyber Boot Camp Sessions are held daily from 9am-4:30pm.


Research Assistant Professor Position (in Cyber Security) Available

Invited talk at syracuse university

Posted on 2015-30-11

Prof. Dasgupta has been invited to give a talk next week on Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and CASE Center, Syracuse University, November 18, 2015.

Latest FIT Training & Events

Posted on 2015-30-11


Cybersecurity Lightning Talks

Date: December 3rd, 2015
Time: 3pm - 6pm
Place: FedEx Institute of Technology, Fishbowl

Please join us for an evening of cybersecurity research project presentations with special guest speaker: Special Agent Tim Marsh of the Memphis FBI Division.
RSVP Required: There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to : Tammy Alexander x1589

Cybersecurity Certificate Course

Date: February 1-5, 2016

This foundational program in cybersecurity is designed to cover the fundamentals of cybersecurity and cybersecurity vulnerabilities (IT background required).
Click for more info and to register

CfIA Receives Cyber Security Training Grant from FEMA

Posted on 2015-30-11

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a 2015 Continuing Training Grant of $3 million for cyber security training to the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). The project will be led by the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute; the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) will collaborate on the project as a core member of the consortium.

This Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) will provide FEMA-certified training to first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, and local government and community leaders, preparing them for all types of cyber emergencies.

The University of Memphis is at the forefront of information security research, education, and outreach in the region, according to Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, founding director of CfIA, which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. "The center will receive $474,000 from the consortium, and though this grant we will be developing an online training course on mobile device security and privacy issues. The course will make it safer for everyone browsing the Internet," he said.

The 36-month program focuses on four areas: cyber security, hazardous materials, countering violent extremism and rural preparedness. Rural preparedness includes school-based incidents, mass fatality planning and response, the development of emergency operation plans, rail car safety, media engagement strategies for first responders, agro-terrorism, food and animal safety, and hazardous materials.

STL-CyberCon 2015

Posted on 2015-30-11

Prof. Dasgupta gave keynote speech at St. Louis at Cyber Security workshop (STL-CyberCon), University of Missouri-St. Louis, November 20, 2015.

NICE Conference & Expo 2015

Posted on 2015-30-11

Prof. Dasgupta attended the NIST-NICE conference at San Diego from November 1-4, 2015.


Posted on 2015-17-11

The University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology, hosted the Mid-South Cyber Security Conference on Friday, October 16, 2015. Details about the event are in the following link:

Cyber Security Summit 2015 Event 


Student Team Wins 2nd Place at Cyber Defense Competition

Posted on 2015-11-11

A team of four Computer Science students recently won second place in the prestigious CANSec Cyber Defense Competition, held in Little Rock on Oct. 24. The competition is held annually as a part of the CANSec workshop (formerly KanSec), which has brought together researchers and practitioners in networking and security related fields since Spring 2012.

UofM TeamThe students competed against Cyber Security teams from several other universities across the U.S. before winning second place in the day-long competition. The goal of the competition was to provide students with a platform to apply theoretical knowledge into practice, and to obtain hands-on cyber security experience. During the competition, the teams were asked to oversee a small corporate network, to manage all critical services, and to defend against external attacks.

The U of M winning team included two graduate students (Kul Subedi, Sujit Shrestha) and two undergraduates (Robert Edstrom, Nick Gordon), all of whom are involved with the Center for Information Assurance. "It was a valuable experience, and one I'm very glad to have been a part of," said Robert Edstrom. "I think we all learned a great deal from working as a team."

The team also participated and performed well in the CyberSEED national cyber security competition, held at UConn on Oct. 29-30.

Cyber Security Summit

The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance would like to cordially invite you to The Cyber Security Summit. This year's summit is being held on October 16, 2015 at The University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology. Topics such as health information security, cloud security, cyber crime, and many more will be discussed by keynote speakers. Information Assurance and Cyber Security experts will be onsite for presentations and networking to address current issues of cyber security. To learn more about the annual Mid-South Cyber Security Summit, click the following link:

UofM Redesignated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 23, 2015 - The University of Memphis has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“This is a great honor for the University, and for the University’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) as well,” said Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science and founding director of the CfIA.

At the forefront of research, education, and outreach on Information Assurance (IA) in the region, the Center for Information Assurance was established in 2004 through the collaboration of the Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering and Criminology and Criminal Justice departments, as well as partnerships with community colleges focusing on cyber security and IA-related topics.

The Center is active in the advancement of IA education on campus and throughout the region, focusing on issues that threaten our nation’s critical infrastructure, and working toward providing solutions that enhance both local and national cyber security efforts.

The UofM will accept the certification at the 19th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) in Las Vegas in June.

UofM Redesignated as Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

August 8, 2014 - In the battle to combat hackers, viruses and other security issues, the University of Memphis is at the center of the national effort to secure cyberspace. The University has been re-designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The designation covers academic years 2014-2021.

The certification was presented to the UofM’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) recently at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in San Diego.

Directed by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science, and Dr. Judith Simon, professor of management information systems, the Center develops educational tools, programs and training for the Mid-South. By offering information assurance courses and hosting workshops for the students and professionals, including police and other law enforcement officials, the CfIA is working to create a future of secure online commerce and a safe computing environment.

The Center also contributes to the community by training local educators at all levels to serve their students better. This summer Dasgupta received a National Science Foundation grant for a project to develop innovative “puzzles” that use specialized software to help community college students learn the concepts of and approaches to cybersecurity.

More information is available online at