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Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) provides an in-depth education in topics such as network and distributed system security, secure software engineering, operating system security, and applied cryptography.

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Students in the ECE Ph.D. Program are provided a research-intensive study of the fundamentals of electrical or computer engineering. Ph.D. students associated with the CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus, typically split their time between Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley.

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Raising Awareness

CyLab's outreach and awareness programs provide web-based, publically accessible tools to raise national awareness of cyber security threats and to promote safe and responsible online behavior to citizens at all levels equipping them to meet the demands and challenges of being responsible computer users and cybercitizens.

Privacy Bird® and Privacy Finder 

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Most of the websites you visit may collect your personal information and use it in ways that may surprise you. Privacy policies are long, complicated legal documents that few users read or comprehend. Privacy Bird® and Privacy Finder are tools that help users quickly assess how your personal information will be used by the website you're visiting. 

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  • Privacy Bird ® automatically searches for privacy policies at every website you visit. You tell the software about your privacy concerns, and it will tell you whether each site's policies match your personal privacy preferences. The software displays a green bird icon at Web sites that match, and a red bird icon at sites that do not. You can download the software for free at the Privacy Bird website.
  • Privacy Finder is a search engine that can be used to help you find websites that respect your privacy. 

Information Assurance Capacity

Carnegie Mellon University and CyLab have been designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. This certification as a center of excellence is presented in recognition of a significant contribution in meeting the national demand for information assurance education, developing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.

CyLab responds to the growing demand for Information Assurance Professionals by offering programs for both students and faculty.

Student Programs

Students admitted to the Information Networking Institute (INI) graduate program in Information Security (MSIS) and the Heinz College graduate program in Information Security Policy Management (MSISPM) are eligible for participation in the Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. SFS, a scholarship for service program offered by the U.S. of Personnel Management, provides full financial assistance to a few highly qualified applicants each year who satisfy all the requirements.

View detailed information about the SFS program in reference to admission in INI graduate programs.

Faculty Fellowship Programs

The Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP) is an intensive, in-residence summer program to help build Information Assurance education and research capacity at colleges and universities designated as Minority Serving Institutions - including, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).


The IACBP has produced tremendous results, ranging from the creation of new courses, certifications and degree programs to the development of grant proposals and publications. One participant has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.


The goals of the capacity building program for faculty from Minority Serving institutions are: To help build new capacity or expand existing capacity to offer Information Assurance (IA) courses and programs at institutions not currently designated as Centers of Academic Excellence by:

  • Enabling participating faculty members from non-CAE institutions to develop/expand their knowledge and expertise in the area of Information Assurance
  • Providing the opportunity for participants to develop curricula and course materials to incorporate new courses in IA into their home institutions' programs and/or incorporate modules on IA into existing courses

To expand the number of PhD-level researchers in the IA area by:

  • Enabling participants to identify links between their current areas of research and Information Assurance
  • Providing expert guidance and mentoring to help participants begin research projects in IA that are related to their areas of expertise and active research


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0830879.