JMU InfoSec is associated with security initiatives both within and outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the initiatives listed below were founded at JMU.

Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education

JMU is one of the original seven centers, which are an outreach effort designed and operated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The program's goals is to reduce vulnerability in our National Information Infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise.

Colleges and universities designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education are formally recognized by the United States Government and gain the associated prestige and publicity.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (IIIA)

The IIIA at James Madison University helps integrate and support the university's efforts in the increasingly vital area of infrastructure protection. Currently, these efforts span the Commonwealth Information Security Center (CISC) and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project (CIPP) to assure our infrastructure, whose integrity is high on our national agenda. The IIIA was established to provide the integrative force needed to encompass and coordinate these university efforts.

National Infrastructure Advisory Council

JMU President, Linwood H. Rose, was appointed by President George W. Bush and is the only academic representative on the council. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council was established by President Bush in 2001 to provide advice on the security of information systems for critical infrastructure supporting various sectors of the economy including energy, banking and finance, transportation, manufacturing and emergency government services.

The National Alliance for Information Assurance (NAIA)

The purpose of the Alliance is to enhance the security of the global infrastructure through national education, research, and service in the area of information security and assurance. The Alliance comprises of five universities from across the nation - James Madison University, George Mason University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, and Tulsa University - all of which are designated as National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance.

Virginia Alliance for Secure Computer and Networking (VASCAN)

The Alliance is a collaboration among four Virginia universities - James Madison, George Mason, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Incorporating such resources as JMU's Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance, GMU's Center for Secure Information Systems, and the joint GMU/JMU Critical Infrastructure Protection Project (CIPP), the Alliance combines the varied strengths of our member institutions' security programs for the benefit of the Commonwealth and its colleges and universities.

Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE)

The Colloquium is a forum for dialogue among leading figures in government, industry and academia to work in partnership to define current and emerging requirements for information security education, and to influence and encourage the development and expansion of information security curricula especially at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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