ASSERT Center Overview

The ASSERT Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a multidisciplinary center devoted to Advanced System Security Education, Research, and Training. The center provides curriculum development, program development, workshops, research opportunities, K-12 outreach, and access to IA research resources. As part of the center, the ASSERT Lab, located in the Computer Science Department, provides an isolated networked computer environment suitable for information assurance and computer security education, research, and training. The ASSERT Lab includes several components, including a remotely accessible lab utilizing isolated virtual machines, a physical SCADA Lab, and a digital forensics lab.

As a result of the efforts at the ASSERT Center, UAF is currently designated as an NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE).

The mission of the ASSERT Center is:

 to promote a culture of awareness and advancement of the current state of knowledge in the field of information assurance in Alaska and beyond through dedicated research, education, training, and outreach.  

The goals of the ASSERT Center include:

  • Providing students with educational opportunities in Information Assurance and Computer Security.
  • Providing an Information Assurance and Computer Security research environment for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Providing Information Assurance and Computer Security resources not only within the University, but also to the Alaskan community, including law enforcement, government, business, and the public.
  • Providing opportunities for enriching information assurance education across the curriculum.
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