Information Assurance work at K-State began with the early work by Dr. Banerjee and Dr. Schmidt in language-based security. When Dr. Ou joined K-State in 2006, he formed the Argus Group to conduct research in cybersecurity. Dr. Hatcliff, Dr. Robby, and Dr. Amtoft also developed new research programs in computer security and information assurance in the SAnToS Laboratory. Dr. Vasserman (SyNeSec lab) joined CISA in 2010, and took over as director upon Dr. Ou's departure in 2015. Drs. Amariucai (PITS lab) and Munir (ISCAAS lab) joined in 2017. Together, research projects and associated educational and outreach programs are all carried out under the CISA at K-State.


Kansas State University faculty are involved in a variety of domestic and international collaborations with academic, industry, and federal agencies in the area of information assurance. These collaborations include, but are not limited to industry partners such as Microsoft Research, Rockwell-Collins, Adventium Labs, Cerner, Telcordia, and HP Labs; federal agencies such as the Idaho National Lab (DOE), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army Computer networking and Electronic Warfare Proponent, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the US National Institute for Standards and Technology; international collaborations such as Defense Research and Development Canada and the Qatar Foundation; and academic institutions such as Princeton, Purdue, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and the University of Kansas.