CISR Mission

The CISR mission is to address the cybersecurity needs of the warfighter. 

This is accomplished by bringing together essential educational and research components at a DoD university. We build a solid foundation for future military leaders who will be charged with employing and securing technologically advanced systems. These leaders will be successful at leveraging new developments in Information Security technology to improve the IA needs of the services.


NPS has been home to a vibrant program in computer and network security since 1990. CISR was the first effort of its kind to develop a program of tightly coupled research and instruction on IA topics at the graduate level. 

For two decaded, CISR's efforts to combine classes, research, visiting professors, workshops, academic outreach, short courses in cybersecurity, and invited lecture series have set a standard of excellence in cybersecurity research. 

Each year over 400 students use the CISR laboratories for coursework and research, and CISR supports more graduate student thesis research in IA than any other program in the United States. 

Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Excellence in IA on April 14, 2000, the Naval Inspector General noted in his Command Assessment of the NPS that CISR "has developed an outstanding and comprehensive IA curriculum." Undoubtedly, CISR's immediate return on investment for the services is the cutting-edge knowledge and experience our graduates apply to current operational assignments.


CISR classes and research examine the problem of malicious software and system subversion. Using foundational concepts and technologies as a springboard for new developments, students and faculty construct systems to provide high confidence of enforcement for critical security policies in the face of all malicious software and penetration attempts, including those that are not yet known. 

We believe security and assurance should be built into systems from the start rather than as an afterthought or as a series of continuing updates and patches.To that end, CISR involves synergistically related classes, laboratory work and research of faculty, students and staff, making CISR truly a valuable DoD resource for leading edge IA research and education.