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U of M Designated National Center for Information Assurance Education
For release: June 7, 2006
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In the battle to combat hackers, viruses, and other security issues, t he University of Memphis finds itself at the center of the national effort to secure cyberspace. This week the U of M became the first university in Tennessee, public or private, to be formally 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 2006 through 2009.

The certification was presented to the U of M's Center for Information Assurance at the annual conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education at the University of Maryland .

Directed by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science, and Dr. Judith Simon, professor of management information systems, the Center is developing educational tools, programs, and training for the Mid-South. By regularly offering information assurance courses and hosting workshops for the students and professionals, including police officers 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. In addition to its educational efforts, the Center has for the past seven years been involved in cutting-edge research on cyber security. Dasgupta, founder of the Center's Intelligent Security Systems Research Lab, studies artificial immune systems and applies various soft computing techniques to solve computer security problems.

Researchers are using the biological immune system, an elaborate defense system that has evolved over millions of years, to build a digital immune system for computers. If some interaction is considered malicious, the digital immune system halts the behavior through a set of specific tools at its disposal. For this reason, artificial immune systems may provide the key to a reliable, secure future in an increasingly complex cyber infrastructure.

More information is available from Dasgupta at 901-678-4147 or Simon at 901-678-4613, via email at cfia@cs.memphis.edu, or online at http://cfia.memphis.edu.

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