The Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) is a center for GW and the Washington area to promote technical research and policy analysis of issues that have a significant computer security and information assurance component. CSPRI's mission is to encourage, promote, facilitate, and execute interdisciplinary research in these areas, including the exploration of the norms, governance issues, and operating systems of cyberspace.
Outside of GW, CSPRI works with government and private organizations to study the impact of rapid technological change on business, government, and the infrastructure security issues caused by the convergence of data and organizations in a networked world. It carries out studies and hosts seminars that move stakeholders towards rational and informed discussion of critical changes in communication, commerce, education, government, science, and entertainment facilitated by the Internet, a global venue that has blurred traditional political and organizational boundaries, made time zones irrelevant, and erased language barriers.
GW is federally designated as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education and as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance /Cyber Defense Research. CSPRI is the home for a major information assurance and cybersecurity scholarship programs funded by the the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation; since 2002 it has administered over $14 million in related grants.
History of CSPRI
CSPRI’s founding director in 1993 was Distinguished Research Professor Lance Hoffman. Professor (now Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs) C. Dianne Martin took over when Professor Hoffman retired from the GW regular faculty in 2001 and capably led CSPRI to become a premier venue for policy discussion and research about open source development. During 2005-2007, when Professor Martin was on leave, CSPRI did not convene any seminars or conferences and its charter lapsed.
However, a significant amount of sponsored research activity that fell within the purview of the institute continued and goes on today. Indeed, there is more interest than ever from both the federal government and the private sector. With this new awareness of the public, key decision makers (including the President of the United States), and GW’s administration about the importance of cybersecurity, and with an infusion of funding from GW’s Academic Affairs Office and its School of Engineering and Applied Science, Prof. Hoffman agreed to return as Director upon its rechartering in October 2009. In February 2016, CSPRI was relaunched again with Prof. Hoffman and Dr. Costis Toregas as co-directors.
CSPRI’s people bring together education, skills, and keen insights about the future in one place. The Institute’s associates all work towards the common goal of providing timely analysis and research of current issues related to cyber security. Leadership is provided by co-directors and an internal advisory board.