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What is information assurance?

Information assurance—also known as IA and InfAs—is the process of ensuring that the right people have access to the right information at the right time and managing information-related risks.

More specifically, information assurance practitioners protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring confidentiality, integrity, authentication, availability and non-repudiation. These goals are relevant whether information is in storage, processing, or transit, and whether threatened by malice or accident.

So what does the IAC want to do, and how?

The IAC Vision

Be a national leader in cyber security research, education, training and outreach.

The IAC Mission

Lead research initiatives of national importance and provide comprehensive education, training, and outreach programs through:

  1. A comprehensive research portfolio including both fundamental and applied research
  2. Security education and training
  3. Educational pathways to grow the cyber workforce
  4. Security literacy and outreach to all
  5. Partnerships with government, industry and academia

Have questions?

Send an email to or give us a call.

Dr. Doug Jacobson
University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: (515) 294-8307
Fax: (515) 294-7582

Director, Information Assurance Center
Cyber Security Advisory Council, IA Research Consortium, Iowa Cyber Alliance, IT-Olympics

Program Specialist, Information Assurance Center