The Laboratory for Education and Research is a premier information assurance research lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the NSA and DHS and is one of only 13 centers will 5 CNSS certifications.

The Laboratory for Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS) provides a framework for long-term goals of (1) establishing a premier research program that focuses on the diverse problems related to security and survivable information systems, networks, and infrastructures, and (2) developing and supporting high quality education in security and information assurance. The University of Pittsburgh has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education since 2003 and is one of only 13 Centers in the United States with five CNSS certifications by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It will serve as a multidisciplinary forum for the synergistic interaction among researchers within SIS as well as other experts in IA-related areas outside the school. We invite industry and academic collaborations in all areas of security research.

Prospective Students, academic researchers, business and government leaders, as well as curious browsers with an interest in information security and information assurance will find opportunities at LERSAIS. If you are curious about securing a webserver, steganography (hiding information in images), or other security topics, visit our on-line labs pages - built in part with support from the National Science Foundation.

  • Students seeking a theoretical background and practical skills in the design, development, and deployment of highly assured networked information systems can find track and program, scholarship and financial aid, admissions, and campus information.
  • Researchers interested in combining resources to form collaborations on grants, projects, and publications can easily navigate through the areas of research focus, faculty information, institutional resources, current grants and projects, and a national and international conference calendar.
  • Corporate partners who would like to contribute to the education of our students as guest lecturers or special program hosts, or would like to partner with LERSAIS through recruitment and funding opportunities, will find information on programs, seminar series, current research, and graduate students.
  • Friends, current students, and colleagues will find information on the seminar series, online labs, and additional resources.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or to learn more about LERSAIS.