Global Information Assurance Center
GLOBAL INFORMATION ASSURANCE CENTER (GbIAC)
by Mr. Richard Morrow, the mission of the Global Information
Assurance Center is to conduct focused research into techniques and
methodologies for ensuring physical security of information. This is
often a much-overlooked component in the process of securing information.
Physical security is concerned with protecting information from physical
threats and damages such as due to weather, environment and sabotage etc.
It consists of the ability to tightly control and monitor the physical
location of the computers, servers and other media used to store the
information system code and data on the one hand, and the ability control
and monitor access by personnel on the other.
has an excellent track record in this area having successfully planned,
and implemented the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications
(QuEST) Forum Measurements Repository
System (MRS) / Registration Management System (RMS) / Web Portal to meet
very rigorous confidentiality, security and reliability standards. The
performance information that is collected for benchmarking is highly
competitive information and must be maintained at the highest levels of
security possible. The MRS is a web-based computer information system
and is one of the most secure systems in the world and
meets the rigid ISO/IEC 27001 for Information Security. The system
operates at 99.99% availability on a 24/7/365 basis.
The QuEST Forum RMS is the
first in this country to have obtained the coveted British Standard BS 7799
certification for Information Security. BS 7799 is now ISO/IEC 27001.
The QuEST Forum Computer
System received TL 9000-V Certification in December 2003.
The objectives of the
Assurance Center are as follows:
1. Research and develop techniques to enhance quality
of physical Information system security measures and develop standards.
Provide comprehensive security functions for information assurance
applications that require high level security and protection.
fault and disaster tolerant mechanisms for stored data.
The local, state and federal governments, students, faculty and school administrators, individual contributors, and
private businesses interested in becoming partners with The University
of Texas of Dallas
Global Information Assurance Program
Mr. Richard Morrow
Director of Global Information Assurance Center
CyberSecurity and Emergency Preparedness Institute
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021