University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
December 22, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Center for Forensics and Information Technology Security Established

The University of South Alabama has established the University of South Alabama Center for Forensics and Information Technology Security.  The new USA CFITS was established by USA President Gordon Moulton on the recommendation of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. G. David Johnson.

Earlier this year, the Department of Defense provided capacity-building funding to the USA School of Computer and Information Sciences through the DOD’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program to develop resources that are now manifest with the USA CFITS center designation.

The center will serve as a platform for the School of Computer and Information Sciences to create new programs in the future and apply for federal grants.

“This is an important event for the School of Computer and Information Sciences,” Dr. Johnson said. “The demand for computing students continues to grow even in the present economic environment. CFITS is another step that we are taking to establish cutting-edge programs that will attract the best students to meet this demand.”

Dr. Alec Yasinsac, dean of the School of Computer and Information Sciences, said the new Center will be a good building block for future growth at USA.

“President Moulton's CFITS Center designation reinforces USA's commitment to the growth of the School of Computer and Information Sciences and to our bright future in information security and digital investigations research and education. I am proud of the SCIS faculty and staff that have earned this designation and I look forward to the opportunities that it brings. It certainly foreshadows the expectations and excitement of our Fall 2011 move into Shelby Hall.”

Dr. Bob Sweeney, an associate professor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences and director of the new center, said, “I am excited by President Moulton's designation of USA CFITS, which reflects the University of South Alabama's commitment to the vital task of training information technology professionals to secure our nation's information infrastructure.  I believe this Center will be a valued asset to our community and will help recruit, retain, and train top students from our area and beyond.”

Dr. Rayford Vaughn, founder and Director of the Center for Computer Security Research at Mississippi State University strongly endorsed creation of USA CFITS.

“Cyber-security and computing forensics are critical to our nation's health and both are rapidly growing international research areas. I am glad to see USA take this bold step. No doubt that USA CFITS will provide immediate benefit to the state of Alabama and it is destined to make a national impact in the near future. Additionally, I have known and worked with members of this center in the past and I am confident that they can bring the necessary technical and managerial skills to bear that will undoubtedly make this center an immediate regional asset.”

For further information on USA CFITS please refer to the center's website at or contact the USA CFITS Director, Dr. Bob Sweeney at or (251) 460-6390.


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