Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

What We Do

CIAC prepares 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, economics, electrical engineering and law.

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.

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 IA leaders in the most efficient way possible

The world economy and global industries now rely on a digital infrastructure which is increasingly vulnerable to hackers and cyber thieves. Government and private organizations understand the importance of security vital data and career opportunities in the information assurance (IA) field have never been better. CIAC is training the next generation of IA professionals.


  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative. In the coming months, DHS expects to place approximately 75 undergraduate student volunteers in cybersecurity-focused assignments at more than...
    Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 00:00
  • Tacoma, WA — The 2nd National Women in Cybersecurity conference will be held on March 27-28, Atlanta, GA. Call for Registration/Scholarship Application, Call for Participation, and Sponsoring Partnership opportunities are open. Timeline:...
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:15
  • When it comes to stealing personal data from a retailer's customers, security experts say thieves are relentless in searching for the digital equivalent of unlocked doors or windows. Often, they operate from a safe distance, in countries such as Ukraine, where they feel beyond the reach of U.S....
    Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 16:00
Subscribe to Press Releases