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May 2, 2008

CERIAS ranked as nation's top information security program

Eugene H. Spafford
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A private company that measures faculty productivity has ranked Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Technology the top program in information security among universities in the nation.

Academic Analytics LLC, which is partially funded by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, ranks faculty members' scholarly output in 8,182 doctoral programs at 387 of the nation's universities. Its report on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index identified 11 faculty affiliated with Purdue's center -- also called CERIAS -- for their productivity.

"It's always nice when your work is recognized," said Eugene H. Spafford, CERIAS's executive director and professor of computer science. CERIAS was formed a decade ago to address the issues of information security through multidisciplinary research and education. We have 70 faculty and 100 graduate students across 17 academic departments who are doing innovative work within the field. We're very pleased that the report cited work by CERIAS faculty in eight different academic departments of study, as information security issues are not limited to computer science and engineering alone."

Purdue's computer-oriented programs received top-10 rankings in the research classifications of Information Technology/Information Systems, second; computational sciences, fifth; engineering/general, sixth; and engineering/electrical, 10th.

CERIAS faculty members identified in the report included Mikhail J. Atallah, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and associate director for administration for CERIAS; Elisa Bertino, director of research for CERIAS and professor of computer science; Josh Boyd, associate professor of communication; Melissa Dark, assistant dean, associate professor of computer and information technology and assistant director of educational programs in the College of Technology, and associate director for educational programs for CERIAS; Fariborz Farahmand, research assistant professor for CERIAS; Karthik Kannan, assistant professor of management in the School of Management; Robert Proctor, Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences; Victor Raskin, Distinguished Professor of English and Linguistics and associate director for graduate education for CERIAS; Jackie Rees, associate professor of management in the School of Management; Marcus Rogers, professor of computer and information technology; and Jan Vitek, associate professor of computer science.

CERIAS was founded in 1998 and is the world's largest multidisciplinary academic center addressing information security, assurance and privacy. It serves as an information resource around the world.

Academic Analytics's Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index™ uses a quantitative method for ranking doctoral programs at research universities, based on a set of statistical algorithms. The index measures the scholarly productivity of faculty using their book and journal publications, journal article citations, federally-funded research grants, and honorific awards.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Eugene H. Spafford, (765) 494-7825,

Joel Rasmus, manager of corporate relations for CERIAS, (65) 494-7806,

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