Center for Information Assurance

Information assurance is an interdisciplinary field requiring expertise in all business disciplines and strong backgrounds in both cyber and computer information systems. The Louisiana Tech Center for Information Assurance is certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and Education. The mission of the Center for Information Assurance is to foster, support and conduct innovative education, training and research in information assurance, cyber security and cyber defense of computer information systems across all types of industries for the state of Louisiana and the Southeastern

United States.  The Center considers a key aspect of its mission to be the support of doctoral education and research in cyber security, cyber deterrence and information assurance areas for the Louisiana Tech College of Business in order to assure a supply of well-trained and capable information assurance and cybersecurity experts for the future. The Center offers an interdisciplinary, collaborative research environment that is led by the faculty in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the College of Business.


The central focus areas for research are business continuity, disaster recovery, accounting, controls, auditing, security attribution, information security and policy, computer forensics and knowledge management.

Some of the current research projects include deception detection, on-line self-disclosure, security policies and computer abuse and knowledge management in virtual communities.

Recent Information Security publications in refereed academic journals including:

Decision Support Systems
Information Systems Frontiers
Communications of the Association for Information
Managerial Auditing Journal
Information & Management
International Journal of Information Management

For a list of current research projects, please contact the Center.

Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance

This graduate-level certificate is a standalone program and may also be taken in conjunction with the MBA with a CIS/ Information Assurance Concentration. During IA courses, you will develop the skills for positions in systems and network security, learning to detect, report and resolve cyber threats. Courses also cover the use of code encryption to securely pass information between systems, building and using secure audio and video communications equipment, developing tamper protection products and providing trusted information solutions. Students will master the skills of assessing, auditing evaluation, testing network and systems security and conducting forensic investigations while also learning how to perform information systems risk analysis and plan for disaster recovery and business continuity.

Our Information Assurance curriculum is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) using Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 guidelines, CNSSI-4012 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior Systems Managers). CNSSI-4016 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts).

For more information including admissions requirements and curriculum, click here

COB Faculty Associated with Center Activities 

T. Selwyn Ellis, D.B.A.
Balsley-Whitmore Endowed Professor, Associate Professor, CIS Department Head

Jae Ung (Jake) Lee, Ph.D. 
Clifford Ray King Endowed Professor, Assistant Professor

Thomas Stafford, Ph.D.
John Ed Barnes Endowed Eminent Scholar in Data Analytics, Professor

Craig Van Slyke, Ph.D.
Mike McCallister Eminent Scholar Chair in Information Systems

Recent Media

Stafford publishes new theory in cybersecurity research

Doctoral candidate earns 2019 Distinguished Paper Award from Federation of Business Disciplines

Farshadkhah selected one of three SIGSEC 2018 Doctoral Student Award recipients

Doctoral student to participate in 39th annual International Conference for Information Systems 2018 Doctoral Consortium


College of Business Room 203
Digital Forensic Lab Room 104a


Center for Information Assurance
Louisiana Tech University
College of Business  |  Computer Information Systems Department
Room 372 in College of Business
P.O. Box 10318
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: (318) 257-2026

“The knowledge I gained from the Information Assurance (IA) curriculum through Louisiana Tech has proved to be an invaluable resource and training tool in my career. With the guidance and hands-on training of industry experts in the field, I was able to gain ample knowledge of the material. The program not only provided working-knowledge of many concepts but also the much needed and marketable hands-on skills many companies are seeking for post-graduates.

The program also stressed several vital security concepts that appear on the Security+ Certification exam. Many companies, especially those with government contracts, require the Security+ certification to work on their systems. The IA program prepared me with the skills and knowledge needed to attain the certification. After receiving the certification (required), I landed a new security role and increased my annual base salary by approximately 24%.”  

A.J. Withem

Cyber Security Engineer

“The entire time that I was pursuing my masters, I was employed by Epicor Software, a worldwide company. Because of the knowledge, I obtained at LA Tech, I changed my career goals and moved into academia. I currently am an instructor teaching upperclassmen computer science courses similar to those I took while attending LA Tech.

During my tenure at Epicor, I had several occasions to do risk analysis and security threat analysis for some of my customers. Without the preparation of the courses at LA Tech, I would have had to pass off these opportunities to another company resulting in a loss of revenue. Additionally, the knowledge I obtained from the Information Assurance program still to this day proved to beneficial to every aspect of my professional career.”

Don Rider

Assistant Professor