The Assurance Research Center for Trusted Information Computing (ARCTIC [ahrk-tik]) is a sponsored research and education center designed to develop and enhance faculty expertise and curricula at UDC so that UDC may seek the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designations from the National Security Agency (NSA).

The Center was designed in 2008-2009 in collaboration with the Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy (CRISP) at the University of Denver (DU), a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) designated by National Security Agency (NSA) in 2008. In 2009, NSF (National Science Foundation) approved ARCTIC's development proposal through its competitive review process, resulting in the first capacity building grant awarded to ARCTIC.

The District of Columbia metropolitan area is a national and international hub for information exchange and management. In the highly dynamic and interconnected global society, it is particularly important to build formidable IA capacity. ARCTIC at UDC - the only urban land-grant public university serving the D.C. metropolitan area - shall provide the University and the D.C. with a multidisciplinary and top-notch opportunity to build competitive research and education in informatics and computing.

The ARCTIC capacity in Confidentiality, Integrity, and Accessibility in IA education and research shall produce highly qualified IA experts and sustainable workforce to meet the high demand for IA in the Capital of the Nation.

Information Technology (IT) is the use of technologies from computing, electronics, and telecommunications for the processing and distribution of information in a continuously efficient and effective manner.

Information System (IS) is any combination of information technology and people's activities using the technology (the way in which people interact with the technology components) to achieve a higher performance in the organization's business processes.

As the information systems grow, more security issues are pronounced, in part, due to the increasing internal and external human components of the systems.

Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) is the development and management of security measures in technology (any physical device or technique), policy & practice, and education & training in order to maintain the critical characteristics (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) of information through all states of the information (transmission, storage, and processing). At the same time, knowledge from humanities and liberal arts is increasingly more pronounced through recent mobile and cloud computing phenomena.

Byunggu Yu, Ph.D., Chair, CSIT, UDC.


2012 ARCTIC-IAW: ARCTIC Information Assurance Workshop
October 26 (Friday), 2012, Washington DC

NSF (National Science Foundation) award/funding: "Collaborative Research: A Partnership for Developing the IA Workforce"
Byunggu Yu, Sherali Zeadally, Lily R. Liang, Dong H. Jeong and Li Chen, NSF Award No. 0911969, ($300K for UDC for Phase I, separately additional $240K and additional 60K assigned for University of Denver counterpart and external evaluator).

In partnership with

NSF (National Science Foundation) CRIPS CNSS National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE)