To enhance the security of the global infrastructure.
The primary focus of the Alliance will be on:
- Research involving
security and information assurance issues and policies;
- Education and
training of information assurance professionals at all levels-undergraduate,
graduate, and postgraduate;
- Development of
new ways to assure the security of information and to assure
- Transfer of new
technologies, practices, and policies to
industry and government;
of partnerships with government and industry to promote the
One June 1, 2001, four universities from across the nation,
of which were designated as National Security Agency (NSA)
Centers of Excellence in Information Assurance, signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) that established the National Alliance
for Information Assurance (NAIA). These universities,
James Madison University, George Mason University, Idaho State
University, and the University of Idaho, came together in
a common effort to provide research and education in information
assurance and security. In September 2001, Tulsa University,
also a designated Center of Excellence, joined the Alliance.
The purpose of the agreement, as stated in the MOU, is "to
foster mutual cooperation between and among the institutional
members in order to promote national education, research,
and service in the area of information security and assurance."
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