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CSU Center for Information Assurance Education

Columbus State University, in response to concerns raised by local industry, has committed itself to providing a quality education in computer and network security. As a part of this commitment, the University has created a Center for Information Assurance Education. This center resides within the TSYS Department of Computer Science, located in the Center for Commerce and Technology on the main campus of Columbus State University.

Currently, Columbus State University offers a Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance. The Computer Science Department of Columbus State University has been offering the Information Assurance track of the Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science since August 2003.  The first such degree was awarded in May 2003 and there has been nearly one-hundred graduates since then.

The curriculum for this concentration was developed in cooperation with several local industries and trade groups, including Chattahoochee Valley Infragard, a chapter of the national Infragard organization. The curriculum has since been reviewed for compliance with nationally recognized standards in Information Assurance Education and was recently determined to be compliant with NSTISSI-4011, CNSSI-4013E, and CNSSI-4014E, standards published by the Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.

As a part of its commitment to the education of professionals in all areas of information assurance, Columbus State University is now recognized by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.


TSYS Gives $5 Million to Columbus State University

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Dr. Lydia Ray
CCT 429
(706) 507-8174

Associate Director for Research

Dr. Yesem Peker
CCT 422
(706) 507-8187

Other Information Assurance faculty

  • Dr. Radhouane Chouchane
  • Dr. Jianhua Yang
  • Dr. Shamim Khan
  • Dr. Angkul Kongmunvattana
  • Dr. Dana Eckart
  • Dr. Wayne Summers

CAE Resources

Faculty Papers

Student Papers

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Information Assurance Links