Guiding principles for student education

The Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity (CIAC) is devoted to the academic growth of all students through six principles. These principles are the foundation of a rigerous training in cybersecurity programs throughout the University of Washington tri-campus system.

Dr. Thamilarasu teaching class







Guiding principles

Proven pedagogical model

Classroom methods guide students from novice to expert skill levels, and prepare them for the dynamic nature of the IA/Cyber fields.

Blending academics and practice

Courses are taught by expert practitioners who blend theory and practice for the benefit of the students.

Active learning

Students are encouraged to learn through real world projects and research brought into the classroom from organizations such as the National Security Agency, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Boeing, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Honeynet Project.

Encourage professional affiliation

The Pacific Northwest region has a thriving community of IA/Cyber professionals. Students are required to affiliate with the Agora, Infragard, and others to gain different perspectives on IA/Cyber challenges. They are encouraged to join ISSA or ISACA, depending on their interests.

Exposure to career opportunities

The UW Information and Engineering Schools (iSchool, CECS) hold annual career fairs that IA/Cyber students are encouraged to attend. Time in class is spent discussing what employers are looking for, including invited guests from some of the leading employers of IA/Cyber professionals.

Personalized career and education guidance

Professors and researchers work personally with each student to be certain their personal, educational, and career goals align, ensuring retention and ultimate success upon graduation.

Image: Professor Geethapriya Thamilarasu teaching at UW Bothell


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