Directors Note

Morgan Zantua

Today, as the new Director of CIAE, I welcome you to the City University of Seattle’s Center for Information Assurance Education (CIAE), an NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) with a unique approach to the 21st Century technology & computing education. Two years ago, I was a member of the CIAE Advisory Board, as Dr. Sam Chung convened the group during the re-designating CityU as a CAE – Cyber Defense (CD).

In the span of two years, much has changed at CityU. Our CIAE is embedded into the School of Computing & Technology (STC), which officially became the newest school at CityU in January 2020. Lead by Dean Sam Chung, STC’s CIAE’s holistic systems-thinking design methodology considers Cybersecurity a design element, not an afterthought.


As an NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence, CIAE adheres to high academic standards. Our new academic offerings are aligned to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge standards. Our instructional design ensures students enrolled in STC courses, certificates, and degrees, have the tools, hands-on experience, and latest technological information. STC students are prepared to advance in their current career or transition into an emerging technology career.


CIAE is the umbrella for multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate and share their knowledge with others. Our student organizations such as Cybersecurity Club, Tech Club, and faculty-driven research groups such as Smart & Secure Computing Research Group are open to all CityU students. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend club meetings in-person or virtually to learn more about computing and technology. Since COVID-19 club presentations and meetings are accessible remotely and presentations are recorded for future viewing. We realize our students work, have family and professional commitments. STC’s CIAE is working to increase accessibility to our activities.

Communication & Service

Each week, the STC Thursday Byte e-newsletter shares information about CIAE and STC activities and events and recognizes the accomplishments of our students and faculty. Opportunities for scholarships and internships will be posted on the Center website and announced in STC’s Thursday Byte. Archived STC Thursday Bytes are available HERE ( ) and you can
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Thank you for being a part of CityU’s STC community. I hope you will take the time to check out our website, ready STC’s Thursday Byte, and become involved in our student clubs in person or virtually.

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