Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security

The Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS)  promotes and coordinates research and education in system reliability and information security. It emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach that includes fields as diverse as reliable and secure computations, engineering, economics, ethics, and law.


RISCS draws on the expertise of 22 faculty and over 100 graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, Questrom School of Business, and Metropolitan College, and provides opportunities for faculty and students from diverse fields to collaborate on interdisciplinary research problems, create new knowledge, and develop innovative multidisciplinary curricula.

Research Areas

Our current research areas include:

  • cryptology
  • network
  • software security
  • software safety
  • economic
  • game-theoretic approaches to internet computing
  • database security
  • robust monitoring
  • fair and secure file sharing

Partnerships & Related Initiatives

Additionally, RISCS supports the BU Security Group, which does research in cryptography and network security within the Department of Computer Science. Through RISCS, BU is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. RISCS reaches out to industry, government, and the community and has established partnerships that aim at increasing knowledge, awareness, and education in trustworthy, safe, and secure systems and networks.

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