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Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC)



The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) is a community of trust that provides a forum and resources, integrating networks of people and institutions engaged in data security and information integrity research, instruction, and development within and beyond the UW system. The CIAC is a diverse academic community interacting with representatives from business, government, and NGOs collaborating on local, regional, national and global issues of Information Assurance, technology and policy. UW CIAC, a catalyst for research, invention, education and, work force development, stimulates public awareness, entrepreneurship, and economic impact in the state of Washington and the Northwest. CIAC encourages resiliency-by-design, and promotes actionable solutions for the most challenging issues of information assurance and cybersecurity. The Center emphasizes participation of underrepresented groups, including women, people of color and veterans.

Core Services Offered

Research: Funded Projects, Programs, Publications, IP, Consulting, Directed Research.

Outreach: NSA/CAE Regional Resource Center Leader of Federal Committees professionalizing Cybersecurity Lecture Series, Conferences, Competitions.

Academics: Individual courses, Workshops, UW Certificates, degree programs.

Funding Information

Industry Affiliates Program initiated 2016-
NSA 2016-17
National Science Foundation 2013-2016
National Institute of Standards Award, State of Washington 2014-2015
InterPARES IV 2013-2018
NSF/Whatcom Community College 2014-2016
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Resilient Computing 2013-2015

Reporting Structure

Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor. UW Bothell
David Jones, EIS Director, APL

Related UW Entities

UW Bothell
UW Bothell: School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, School of Business
Applied Physics Lab
Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)
College of Engineering: Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
College of Built Environments: Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture
Information School
UW Tacoma Asst.Vice Chancellor
External Relations: Military Affairs

External Partners

The CIAC has a large network of collaborators from industry, government, military, academic institutions, NGO’s. Chief among them are:
Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)
Washington National Guard
Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU)
King County IT
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
University of Hawaii Manoa
Aberyswyth University Wales
Whatcom Community College
Cyberwatch West