The University of New Orleans has the strongest Information Assurance (IA) program in the region and is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (CAE) and in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—the only university holding these designations in the State of Louisiana.  Faculty and students in the IA program at UNO work together on cutting edge problems involving reverse engineering malicious software, developing better digital forensics tools to help investigators recover data and solve computer crimes more efficiently, and creating new strategies for battling computer viruses. In addition to our research, the department offers a variety of exciting IA courses, including reverse engineering, operating systems internals, digital forensics, penetration testing, secure programming, and network security.  Research and instruction are carried out in two state-of-the-art facilities: The Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) and its sister lab, the Networking and Security Laboratory (NSSAL).  These labs provide workstations with an extensive array of commercial and open source software, including IDA Pro, AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit, and zynamics BinDiff and BinNavi, to expose students to the same tools that IA professionals use in their day-to-day jobs.  All of our IA classes contain extensive laboratory components…you will do IA, not just sit and listen to lectures.