The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) of Purdue University is a center for research and education in areas of information security for computing and communication infrastructures.

Its research is focused on the following areas:

  • Risk Management, Policies, and Laws
  • Trusted Social and Human Interactions
  • Security Awareness, Education, and Training
  • Assurable Software and Architectures
  • Enclave and Network Security
  • Incident Detection, Response, and Investigation
  • Identification, Authentication, and Privacy
  • Cryptology and Rights

Conference information


Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Corporate Headquarters Purdue Technology Center of West Lafayette
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47906
United States

Seminar program

More information about the seminars can be viewed here.


  • 26-08-2014 | CERIAS Researchers Win Student Paper Award – Read more
  • 11-07-2014 | Videos from the 15th Annual CERIAS Symposium – Read more

Purdue Technology Center of West Lafayette


Cyber security experts discuss research at CERIAS Symposium

26-03-2014 | WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Cyber security is the focus of the 15th annual CERIAS Symposium at Purdue University. CERIAS Executive Director Eugene Spafford said the goal is to improve communications between industry, government and the university about cyber security. Read more

CyLab, CERIAS and CSAIL join Northrop Grumman for Cybersecurity Research Consortium update

04-06-2014 | Northrop Grumman Corporation and three of the world’s leading cybersecurity academic research programs, Carnegie Mellon University Cylab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) CSAIL and Purdue University CERIAS came together recently for a briefing on the work of the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium. Read more

Getting CERIAS about security

31-01-2008 | Today I want to point to one of the outstanding sites for material that can serve as the basis for your next brown-bag lunch: the vast collection of research and educational lectures, documents and links available from the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University. Read more


Interview with Gene Spafford, CERIAS

08-09-2012 | Forensic Focus: Gene, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to work at CERIAS?

Gene Spafford: My academic PhD was work in reliable operating systems. I then did a post-doc in software testing, which I viewed as a follow-on to my work in reliability. During all that time I worked part-time as a system administrator and consultant. I was interested in computer & network security, but was told that it was not an area for an academic career unless I wanted to work in formal methods or cryptography. Read more

Why Purdue’s CERIAS program has dropped out as a “Center of Academic Excellence”

12-01-2009 | In 1998 the US National Security Agency (NSA) started a special program in response to Presidential Directive 63, which stated that there was a shortage of well-trained information assurance professionals and advocated national standards in IA/IS educational programs. This program gives US universities and colleges with information assurance (IA) or information security (IS) programs recognition as “Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs)” for meeting Committee on National Security Systems (SNSS) requirements regarding IA/IS course curriculum and library holdings. Read more

Available videos

None yet, will be added soon!