The mission of the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS) is to promote and coordinate research and education in system reliability and information security by emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach that includes fields as diverse as reliable and secure computations, engineering, economics, ethics, and law.

The Center, hosted under the Hariri Institute for Computing, 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. Current research areas include cryptology, network and software security, software safety, economic and game-theoretic approaches to Internet computing, data base security, robust monitoring, fair and secure file sharing, among others.

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.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
BUĀ MACS Project addresses grand challenges in building secure cloud services
Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research
designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security