ITTC Project

Collaborative Project: Expansion and Enhancement of the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Program

Project Award Date: 08-16-2002


Prof. Hossein Saiedian is the program director for KUs graduate program in software engineering and management. Within this new curriculum, Saiedian will incorporate security and information assurance (IA) principles into core software engineering courses. Given the vast amount of banking transactions, electronic commerce, medical information systems, and similar domains, security requirements for these systems far exceed traditional security requirements for networks. Security topics, like other reoccurring subjects such as metrics, ethics, and professionalism, will be integrated into the curriculum and covered throughout the software engineering graduate courses.

This approach will prepare students to better understand the security flaws, policies, principles, requirements, and risks. With an understanding of these different components, students will be able to integrate IA and security at the various levels of software development, maintenance, operations, and management. For example, during a course on software requirements, students will be exposed to the methods and tools for analyzing and specifying security, privacy, and IA requirements of critical software. Similarly, during a course on software design and implementation, students will see a continued coverage of security and IA principles and requirements in the context of software design, and so forth.

The second objective of the program is to expand and improve the existing (non- software engineering) Internet security courses to cover the most state-of-the-art topics. Courses will include such subjects as defending information, information availability and integrity, authentication, confidentiality, non-repudiation, restoration, and protection against the denial of service. The expansion and updating will include comprehensive student lab exercises. The results of all curriculum activities will be disseminated to the computer science and software engineering community in the form of papers to be presented at the ACM Symposium on Computer Science Education and/or the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training.


Faculty Investigator(s): Hossein Saiedian (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NSF

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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