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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Information Security is Focus of New DSU Center & Degree

MADISON - The South Dakota Board of Regents today created a new center at Dakota State University to conduct leading-edge education and research on information security in the banking and finance industry. The center will also support a new master's degree in information assurance and computer security at DSU.

"Securing both business and personal data is an emerging challenge in this electronic age," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett. "Banking and finance is one of those critical infrastructure areas identified by the federal government as vulnerable to attack."

The Center for Information Assurance in Banking and Finance will concentrate on information security, privacy, intellectual property protection, identity theft, computer crime and forensics, and fraud prevention and detection. It will support targeted research by DSU faculty and graduate students, and ultimately provide a pool of trained information assurance professionals for the banking and finance industry.

"DSU intends to develop partnerships with the banking and credit card industry, working with the experts to identify security issues and conduct applied research to find solutions to those problems," said Dakota State President Jerald Tunheim.

The 36-hour master's degree in information assurance and computer security, also approved by the regents Wednesday, will be offered on the Madison campus and at USDSU in Sioux Falls. When fully implemented, DSU officials expect about 30 students a year will graduate from the program.

The regents did not request any new state funds to establish the DSU center or create the master's degree program, Jewett said. Resources to operate the center will come from grants, contracts, and internal university reallocations.


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