A Center of Excellence

Our Mission

The mission of the BU Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of promoting research in system reliability and information security. It does this by utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach across several fields and drawing on the expertise of a dedicated group of faculty researchers and graduate students from several schools and colleges across Boston University. As the complexity of cybersecurity issues grow, so does the need for the research being done at centers like RISCS.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research

RISCS has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the Department of Defense. A chronology of this distinction includes:

  • Certification of the information assurance curriculum by the Committee on National Security Systems, 2004
  • Designation of Boston University as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Defense, 2004
  • Re-Certification of the information assurance curriculum by the Committee on National Security Systems, 2007.
  • Re-Designation of Boston University as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security,  2007.
  • Designation of Boston University as National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, 2008.

Pictures from the Awards Ceremony June 2, 2008

David Wennergren, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management and Technology & DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer; Tanya Zlateva, Associate Dean, Boston University, Metropolitan College; Brenda Oldfield, Director of Education, Training & Workforce Development, Department of Homeland Security

Joan Ruhl, Deputy Information Assurance Director, NSA; Tanya Zlateva, Associate Dean, Boston University, Metropolitan College; Jay Halfond, Dean, Boston University, Metropolitan College; Steve Homer, Prof. Computer Science, Boston University; Lou Chitkushev, Chairman, Computer Science, Boston University, Metropolitan College.

Richard A. Clarke, Chairman, Good Harbor Consulting LLC; Tanya Zlateva, Associate Dean, Boston University, Metropolitan College; David K. Campbell, Provost, Boston University.

Gregory Garcia, Asst. Secretary Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS; Tanya Zlateva, Associate Dean, Boston University, Metropolitan College; Joan Ruhl, Deputy Information Assurance Director, NSA.