Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity

Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity

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The University of Washington Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) works across the university to prepare students for a career protecting computer systems from accidents, hackers, viruses and other security threats. It is a unique collaboration between information science, computer science,

Students have the opportunity to work with nationally known researchers in the field and conduct their own research projects. Research is conducted across multiple departments at the University of Washington and with partnering institutions to create an interdisciplinary knowledge-network.

CIAC is designated by the National Security Administration as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research and in Cyber Defense Education.

Mission Statement

We are committed to the 4 P’s

  • Promoting collaboration-regional, national and international
  • Producing multidisciplinary education and research
  • Providing Center for National Security Studies certification for students
  • Preparing professional Information Assurance leaders in the most efficient way possible


  1. The world economy and global industries now rely on a digital infrastructure which is increasingly vulnerable to hackers and cyber thieves.
  2. Government and private organizations understand the importance of security vital data and career opportunities in the
  3. The University of Washington and CIAC is training the next generation of information assurance professionals.

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