Workshop on Information Assurance Education

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This one-day faculty development workshop is designed for current and prospective faculty interested in developing or expanding an Information Assurance (IA) curriculum. Highlights include:

Courseware for conducting IA laboratory courses will be made available to all workshop participants free of charge. This workshop is colocated with SCISS 2006 on April 22, 2006

Modest financial support is available to partially offset the costs of travel and lodging for out-of-town participants. Registration is free. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please fill out the Registration Form, and indicate on it whether you would like to be considered for financial support. Space is limited, so please register promptly!

The workshop will be held at University of Houston (travel information). It is organized by the Department of Computer Science at University of Houston.

If you have any questions that are not answered at this web site, please contact


National Science Foundation

University of Houston

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Why Attend?

IA education is becoming a vital part of the computer science curriculum, in the form of specialized courses on IA and through increased discussion of relevant IA issues in core computer sciene courses. Increasing emphasis on IA started a few years ago and shows every sign of robust growth for years to come, driven by increasing concern over security in the government, corporations, and the general public. Outsourcing is also a driving force: security jobs are unlikely to be outsourced overseas.

While the need and demand for a strong IA curriculum is clear, developing such a curriculum can be difficult, due to the broad and cross-cutting nature of the topic and rapid developments in the field. Developing meaningful implementation projects in IA is especially difficult: they must allow students to experiment with security-critical system configuration settings without endangering the integrity of the department's computers.

Whether your department is interested in adding one or two courses on IA to its curriculum, or creating an entire specialization or certificate program in IA, you can benefit greatly from the collective experience of the invited speakers and organizers. We will show you not just how to create and teach core security topics, but also how to integrate IA topics into various other CS disciplines. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues with similar interests.

Ideas from the workshop may also help you obtain funding for the development of your IA curriculum. The organizers and invited speakers will share their experience on this topic as well.