Banking security center makes move to DSU’s College of Business and Information Systems

As part of a structural reorganization, the National Center for the Protection of the Financial Infrastructure (known on campus as the 2010 Center), is being moved under Dakota State University’s College of Business and Information Systems.

The reorganization will move the center closer to the institution’s academic programs in information assurance and cybersecurity and will broaden the center’s research emphasis, to include cybersecurity research for entities outside of the finance / banking industry.  The center was funded originally with grant monies from the Governor’s 2010 research grant program.

In the past 5 years, the 2010 Center has successfully established a model bank, mobile bank, and social bank for researchers to leverage, understand and mitigate the risks to banking infrastructures. As the world has continued to turn mobile and with banking sectors utilizing mobile solutions as part of the consumer experience, there is great importance in continuing the research in keeping these infrastructures safe and secure. The social banking lab will also continue to study how social media technology introduces risks to the banking customer as well.

Through the state’s investment beginning in 2009, DSU has grown the faculty, graduate assistants, post-docs, funding and infrastructure into a research center dedicated to researching the unique issues of the electronic financial infrastructure.

“The team is excited to continue this research with closer integration to the rest of the campus in bringing researchers from other disciplines on the team to study these emerging cybersecurity problems,” says Dr. Kevin Streff, director of the 2010 Center and DSU associate professor of information assurance.

The move will also allow greater expertise from researchers to be brought into the classroom, as they will begin to serve as faculty in the College of BIS. It will also give more students a chance to put their own research to work in the labs created by the 2010 Center.

“With the proposed doctoral program in cybersecurity, the laboratories are sure to be put to even greater use in years to come,” says Streff.

The nearly one million dollars of equipment will be available with these unique laboratories to research software and hardware-based attacks on banking infrastructure.

Last Updated: 4/22/13