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Information Systems Security and Assurance Management

Information Systems Security and Assurance Management (“ISSAM Research Cluster”)

Introduction

The Research Cluster in Information Systems Security and Assurance Management is a research group formed by full-time faculty members and graduate students of the Department of Information Systems Security and Assurance Management (ISSAM). The ISSAM Department offers two course-based Master programs. Despite the high teaching workload of the full-time faculty members in the course-based graduate programs, and despite no dedicated internal funding for the Cluster, the ISSAM Research Cluster has been recognized as Concordia’s flagship research cluster and is actively promoting the image of CUE as a high-quality small size university.

The primary goal of the ISSAM Research Cluster is to provide supportive research environment for students in Information Systems Security Management (ISSM) and Information Systems Assurance Management (ISAM) graduate programs. The supportive research environment for students in the Cluster has enabled Concordia University of Edmonton to sign a large number of collaborative agreements with partner universities around the globe.

The CUE Research Cluster in ISSAM was originally created to be a part of the Faculty of Professional Education. Being part of the Faculty of Professional Education, the ISSAM Cluster was closely interacting with cyber security professionals from industry and public and private organizations and assisting them in addressing short-term and long-term cyber security requirements. Later, the ISSAM Cluster became a part of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Nevertheless, the objectives of the Cluster to perform needs-based research, the research with outputs having practical application in supporting Alberta’s and Canada’s economy, has remained unchanged. The needs-based aspect of the research also considers advanced skills and knowledge the ISSAM graduate students need to develop to be successful in the job market and their professional careers after graduation.

There are two major interrelated research domains in the ISSAM Research Cluster: (1) information systems security management (ISSM) domain with six full-time faculty members and ISSM graduate students, and (2) information systems assurance management (ISAM) domain with two full-time faculty members and ISAM graduate students. The two domains have been producing significant research outputs in the areas briefly described in the following section.

ISSAM Research Cluster Research Areas / Lines

The ISSAM Research Cluster is formed by full-time faculty and graduate students of the ISSAM department. The ISSAM Research Cluster has a primary goal to assist MISSM and MISAM students to be “industry ready” and to excel in their careers after graduation. To achieve the goal, Concordia’s ISSAM Research Cluster has been enabling graduate students, depending on their preference, to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in any of the core areas of the Master of Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) and Master of Information System Assurance Management (MISAM) studies. In the ISSAM Research Cluster, the ISAM and ISSM graduate students are selecting and collaborating with their research advisers on research projects that (1) correspond to their educational objectives and intended career paths after graduation and, at the same time, (2) are in scope of the core courses of the MISSM and MISAM graduate studies.

The ISSAM Research Cluster has been generating research outputs in the following main areas and sub-areas:

  1. Assurance management
  2. Information security management and governance
  3. Network security
  4. Cloud security and security of virtualized systems
  5. Mobile devices security
  6. Security of industrial control systems and other cyber-physical systems
  7. Web security and malware prevention techniques
  8. Applied cryptography
  9. Digital forensics
  10. Privacy protection

Researchers

Dr. Shaun Aghili
Dr. Sergey Butakov
Dr. Fehmi Jaafar
Dr. Dale Lindskog
Prof. Ron Ruhl
Dr. Bobby Swar
Dr. Pavol Zavarsky
Dr. Yasir Malik