Work at the Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) extends beyond research--our mission is to provide innovative cybersecurity solutions that result in meaningful products and policies, which have positive impact on society and the world.

Here's a six-point summary of who we are and how we engage with organizations:

Breakthrough Cybersecurity Research
CARE conducts vital research on the most critical cybersecurity issues in our world today.

Research to Practice Orientation
We transform our research into innovative solutions to increase security in real-world settings.

Multi-disciplinary Approach
Cybersecurity is more than pure technology; our research also encompasses the fields of policy, business and leadership.

Broad Areas of Expertise
CARE offers a full breadth of cybersecurity research and expertise, including:
    •    Securing mobile devices and mobile apps,
    •    Constructing methodologies for development of secure software,
    •    Developing technology and policy guidance for securing critical infrastructure,
    •    Building systems for network intrusion detection and testing for intrusion tolerance,
    •    Developing technology and guidance for Industrial Control Systems and SCADA security,
    •    Developing leadership/governance recommendations for chief information security officers/corporate boards, and
    •    Analyzing risks and providing technical solutions for newly connected technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles, automobiles and medical devices.

Powerful Partnerships
We have funded research and strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity sphere, including:
    •    Army and Army Research Laboratory,
    •    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
    •    Dept. of Defense,
    •    Dept. of Homeland Security,  
    •    Dept. of Transportation
    •    Google,
    •    Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA),
    •    IBM,
    •    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and
    •    National Science Foundation (NSF).

Published Research
We contribute substantial content to a variety of cybersecurity journals and scientific publications.


The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have  designated George Mason University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research.

$4 Million Awarded to CARE for "Moving Target" Research
CARE researchers recently landed about $4 million in grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a "moving target" defense against distributed denial-of-service attacks. A George Mason News article offered details about the funding and the innovative defense.
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IEEE Computer Magazine Features CARE Research
A team of CARE researchers had their innovative distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) defense published in the March 2016 issue of IEEE Computer Magazine, which has a circulation of more than 60,000.

In the article, Angelos Stavrou, Dan Fleck and Constantino Kolias proposed a "moving-target" defense against distributed denial-of-service attacks. The defense works by repeatedly shuffling client-to-server assignments to identify and eventually quarantine malicious clients.
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CARE DirectorDr. Angelos Stavrou
talks about security considerations
for the emerging internet of things