DATE:  January 21, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. John Fernandez, Assistant Professor, College of Science and Technology, (361)   825-3622; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336     

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Carnegie Mellon Institute to Host Regional Information Assurance Symposium

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute will host the 1st Regional Information Assurance Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for building information assurance awareness within academic, industrial and government organizations and for sharing knowledge and experience with faculty, researchers, and institutional leaders.

“The Information Assurance Symposium will address information security issues that are of concern to us all,” said Dr. John Fernandez, assistant professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. “Information Assurance is a broad phrase that includes information security, computer security, and the integrity and reliability of information. While definitions do vary, the main point is that information security is the most significant aspect of information assurance.”

According to Fernandez, the first half of the day is general in scope and should be of interest to anyone. The afternoon sessions are more technical and directed to people in the field of computer science and information technology.

Scheduled speakers include: Hun S. Kim, Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Division; and Richard Pethia, Iraj Hirmanpour, Noopur Davis, and Dan Plakosh of Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute.

The symposium is open to the public. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information call (361) 825-2474.