Harris Institue for Assured Information

About the Harris Institute

Trust… safety… integrity… these are all words that describe how we would like to think our computer systems work. But they don’t work that way. Malware and inadvertent vulnerabilities have placed our systems under continuous assault – and led people to distrust the digital technology designed to improve our lives. The ability to trust the information we’re sharing; the ability to create collaborations seamlessly and know the participants; the ability to understand the implications of our actions. These are all necessary in today’s digital world.

The Harris Institute for Assured Information is an interdisciplinary center that focuses on high-risk disruptive work aimed at helping us trust the information that we so often rely on. Founded in 2009 by a grant from Harris Corporation, the Harris Institute brings together computer science, psychology, business and biology to carry out cutting-edge research in computer security. Our goal is lofty: to change the way we think about the information that flows around us, and to help drive a fundamental shift in how we protect it.

The Harris Institute for Assured Information represents the shared vision of many different people in the Information Assurance community. The Institute was formed by a gift from Harris Corporation, with a purpose to benefit the community both locally in Brevard County and internationally by raising the “state of the art” in Information Assurance.

The mission of the Institute has three key components: Education, Research and Training. In education, we seek to enrich the lives of the students at Florida Tech. by striving for excellence in teaching, and by providing them with opportunities to get involved in “hands on” research that has the potential for real-world impact. In research, our goal is to carry out high-risk, high-reward research that is both academically rigorous, innovative, and that has direct applicability in the marketplace. While incremental change is useful, our goal is to disrupt the status quo, and find new and creative ways to provide assurances about the information that we rely on. Finally, we seek to make a difference in our community by providing a focal point both locally and nationally for workforce development using our new facility and online media.

Institute members collaborate frequently with academia, government and industry. Past and current awards include grants from the DoD, ONR, Cisco, Microsoft, Harris Corporation and ARL. Contact us for further information or to arrange a visit.

Job Openings

We are always accepting resumes. Below are our current openings.

Assistant Professor

Cybersecurity

Research Associate

C++, Java, Javascript Programming

Student Employment

Jobs for Students

Research

HIAI advances research in a variety of areas.

Despite appearances, Computer Security is not a technology problem. In reality, while technology underpins the entire discipline, we need to understand our organizations, social groups, psychology and cognition in order to really grasp the breadth of the challenges faced. Our research is therefore equally broad, and involves not only a deep understanding of computer science but also Business, Engineering, Psychology and Biology. Each member of the Institute is not only an expert in their own field, but is also aware of the interdependencies among the disciplines. As such, the Institute provides the perfect environment to help cut across different subjects, allowing us to seek pragmatic solutions that work outside of the laboratory.

Research at the Institute happens in one of two ways. Either we seek out funding from different sources based on our interests, or we are approached by sponsors who want us to explore a particular problem. We typically involve both undergraduates and graduates in our research, led by a small team of faculty. In addition to our own resources, we actively collaborate with the Institute for Human Machine Cognition in Pensacola & Ocala Florida.

Previous research projects include: BITSI, the Biologically-Inspired Tactical Security Infrasture, eSWAT, a spyware resistant virtual keyboard, Behavioral virus detection, Detection of emulated/synthetic environments, and Network traffic generation.

Faculty and Staff Members

Marco Carvalho

Executive Director and Associate Professor

321-674-8767

Thomas C. Eskridge

Associate Professor

321-674-7455

Ronda Henning

Harris Lead, Harris Corporation

321-674-8722

Michael C. King

Associate Professor

321-674-8767

Heather Crawford

Assistant Professor

321-674-7559

Shengzhi Zhang

Assistant Professor

321-674-7559

adrian

Adrian Granados

Research Associate

321-674-8262

troy

Troy Toggweiler

Research Associate

321-674-8262

evan

Evan Stoner

Research Associate

321-674-8262

rushil

Rushil Patel

Research Associate

321-674-8262

aral

Aral Tasher

Research Associate

321-674-8262

rlee

Rebekah Lee

Research Technical Coordinator

321-674-7559

dee

Dee Casale

Assistant to the Director

321-674-8590

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