About

Mission

To develop, coordinate, and integrate the capabilities of the JMU academic community in providing 2008 Symposiumleadership, innovation, education and assistance to enhance critical infrastructure and information assurance at the national, state and local levels.

Vision

Our vision is a society strengthened and enriched by increasingly dependable infrastructures fostered by a strong university role in leadership, interdisciplinary education, research, and problem-solving.

Objectives

  • Be clearly established as the identity for James Madison University efforts in this area
  • Identify, facilitate, and support new educational research, technology transfer, and consultative activities in this area
  • Leverage current activities and resources among existing funded projects (e.g. CISC, CIPP) in support of the outcomes of these projects and in applications to new areas
  • Build relationships and enter partnerships with other institutions of higher education, government organizations, and the business community to facilitate solutions to infrastructure assurance problems
  • Serve as a conduit and repository for disseminating infrastructure assurance information
    • from federal programs to state and local governments
    • from government organizations to private sector infrastructure owners, operators, and users
  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary efforts across the university
  • Organize information exchange venues related to infrastructure/ information assurance including colloquia, seminars, workshops, and conferences

History

Named as one of the original seven Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Security Education by the National Security Agency, JMU has established on-line educational programs through a Masters of Computer Science in Information Security and Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Security. Through these distinguished programs, JMU became known as a leader in computer security and in 2001, successfully competed for a grant through the Commonwealth Technology Research Fund to establish the Commonwealth Information Security Center. This multi-institutional research center helped establish JMU's growing ability to conduct applied research within the information security arena.

In 2002, JMUHeydari and Rose partnered with George Mason University on the federally funded Critical Infrastructure Protection Project. During the fall of 2002, JMU's president, Dr. Linwood Rose, was appointed as higher education's representative to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which provides the President through the Secretary of Homeland Security with advice on the security of information systems for critical infrastructure supporting other sectors of the economy.

Through the growth of these research and education programs at JMU, the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance was formed. Under the leadership of Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr, IIIA has provided funding for over 60 research projects at JMU and other Virginia universities, has participated on the National Capital Region project with George Mason University, and conducted research for the National Park Service. Partnerships have been formed with George Mason University, the University of Virginia's Critical Incident Analysis Group, Virginia's Institute for Defense and Homeland Security, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, the Center for Innovative Technology, and numerous private sector businesses. As one of the founding members of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking, IIIA has helped sponsor training and education programs for information security professional within higher education. The Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance will continue to actively engage in collaborative research, develop innovative education programs, and provide community outreach programs.