A Curriculum for Security Assured Information Systems


This site provides access to educational materials on security developed by faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Puerto Rico with support from the National Science Foundation, specifically, the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service.

The faculty involved in the project included James Joshi, Prashant Krishnamurthy, Michael B. Spring, and David Tipper from the University of Pittsburgh and Yi Qian from the Univeristy of Puerto Rico. The project began in Spetember, 2004 and is ongoing although NSF support for this effort ended in August of 2006. The NSF award of $286,710 supported the development of courses and labs. For more information on the courses, follow the links below. including:

  • TELCOM 2813/INFSCI 2935: Security Management
  • TELCOM 2825: Information System and Network Infrastructure Protection
  • INFSCI 2570: Developing Secure Systems
  • INFSCI 2771: Security in E-commerce

The President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board “National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace” lists developing and sustaining a well-trained, highly skilled domestic corps of IT security professionals as a national priority. This project developed and implemented a Security Assured Information Systems (SAIS) track in the Information Science (BS., MS., Ph.D.) and Telecommunications degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) offered by the University of Pittsburgh. For more specificas on the tracks, see the SIS website or the LERSAIS website. This track provides education in the development, design and deployment of secure information systems with an emphasis on networked information systems. The goal is to produce IT professionals with the knowledge to cope with the special security challenges (e.g., intrusion detection) posed by conventional and emerging network information systems (e.g., wireless local area networks) and their applications and services. The SAIS tracks consist of a set of required and elective coursework together with a practicum/capstone course. A core component of the coursework is a set of innovative laboratory exercises and classroom experiments that will illustrate theoretical concepts and technologies and provide students hands on experience. For more information on the labs and tutorials, follow the links below.