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What is INSuRE?

A project that began at Purdue University, Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) is a network of national Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) institutions that cooperate to engage students in solving applied cybersecurity research problems. National laboratories and government agencies contribute real-world cybersecurity research problems as well as provide technical directors to mentor student groups. Participating faculty also monitor the research groups, providing their expertise in a given field.


The INSuRE project is available to students at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), as an elective course. Since 2018, 20 CSUSB students worked with Argonne National Laboratory to research problems in vehicle security and policy. Students first studied policy gaps in vehicle security using data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Once students became familiar with vehicle policy, the course evolved into more hands-on projects focused on potential vulnerabilities and attack vectors. Hands-on projects include learning CANBUS protocols, stripping all electrical components from a vehicle, and creating as a test bench.

Nationwide, students in the INSuRE project submitted 125 research papers on topics ranging from cryptography, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, and intrusion detection. Since 2018, CSUSB students have submitted three research papers on vehicle security to the INSuRE project.

Another benefit for students participating in the project is the summer internship program. Each year, INSuRE invites students to apply for a summer internship, typically located at the agency or laboratory mentoring the project. Since 2018, three students have participated in the INSuRE summer internship program at Argonne National Laboratory.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to sign up, especially students enrolled in information systems and technology, computer science and engineering, mathematics, criminal justice, public administration, and political science.

Are you interested in taking the course? Sign up for our interest list here. This course is available each semester, and you must meet with Dr. Coulson to add the course. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Coulson, please contact

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