The Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA) is chartered to advance education, foster applied research, and serve as a liaison between Rutgers University and industry and government in the Information Assurance practice and related disciplines. RUCIA aims to establish a national reputation and leadership role in the areas of information assurance, information systems, computer security, systems reliability, data mining and national security. In 2008, RU has been evaluated and certified by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program that RU courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level.
Information on the National IA Education and Training Program (NIETP), which oversees Information Assurance education standards, can be found here: National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP).
Scholarship Opportunities in Information Assurance
Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA) (http://rucia.rutgers.edu) has multiple scholarship opportunities as part of the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Undergraduate and Graduate students with US citizenship are eligible for scholarships. Students must study in relevant academic disciplines, with concentrations in information assurance, including, but are not limited to Mathematics, Biometrics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Systems Engineering, Information Security, Political Science, and Business Management and Administration.
Students who are interested in applying scholarship are required to submit a letter of intent, a one-page personal statement, and a detailed curriculum vitae to RUCIA director (wchaoval at rci dot rutgers dot edu) by February 9th, 2009 5pm EST.
Download the application form here.
VISION AND MISSION
The vision of RUCIA is to serve as a forefront interdisciplinary center dedicated to developing and fostering world-class research, education, training, and career development for students and professionals in information assurance. The mission of the RUCIA is to function as a multidisciplinary center of academic excellence coordinating and fostering collaborative partnerships amongst RU's Schools of Engineering and Art & Sciences, government, and industry. In addition, the RUCIA promotes course development offered in a wide variety of information assurance-related areas, and incorporation of incorporate information assurance in existing courses to meet the increasing needs of the nation in the area of information assurance. The RUCIA organizes and supports training programs, community events, and special purpose conferences to share and leverage synergies of information assurance concepts, technologies and resources needed by industry and government.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE RUCIA
Requests for membership will be considered and approved by the Director and Associate Directors of RUCIA. Faculty and industry affiliation with the RUCIA is based on a voluntary basis. RUCIA and its members receive formal recognition from the U.S. government, as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity, for their role in securing our nation's information systems. RUCIA members are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). In addition, through RUCIA's industry partnerships (e.g., LGS), students will be provided internship opportunities.
Currently RUCIA is funded by Rutgers Academic Excellence Fund. Future funding from industry and government is on the horizon. Planned industry memberships will provide funds to support the center's graduate students, while university funds support various costs of operation at the center.
LINKS OF INTEREST
NSA Centers of Academic Excellence ( http://www.nsa.gov/ia/academic_outreach/nat_cae/ )
National Information Assurance Training and Education Consortium ( http://www.niatec.org/ )
DISA Information Assurance Support Environment ( http://iase.disa.mil )
Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education ( http://www.cisse.info/ )
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team ( http://www.us-cert.gov/ )
National Institute of Standards and technology Computer Security Resource Center ( http://csrc.nist.gov/ )
History of Computer Security ( http://csrc.nist.gov/ publications/history/ )
The Center for Internet Security ( http://www.cisecurity.org/ )
National Information Assurance Partnership ( https://www.niap-ccevs.org )
NSA Central Security Service - Information Assurance ( http://www.nsa.gov/ia/ )
IEEE Task Force on Information Assurance ( http://www.ieee-tfia.org/ )
Defense Information Systems Agency ( http://www.disa.mil/ )