The Information Assurance Research Group (IARG) is set up to carry out research and development in areas associated with information assurance towards meeting the multifarious requirements and objectives of securing information and information systems.
Information Assurance (IA) is very closely related to information security and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. However, IA’s broader connotation also includes reliability and due emphasis on strategic risk management along with necessary tools and techniques. In addition to defending against malicious hackers and viruses, IA includes other corporate governance issues such as privacy, compliance, audits, business continuity and disaster recovery. Therefore, IA is best thought of as a superset of information security
The group is envisioned to support a broad spectrum of activities aimed at developing a science and technology base to enhance information assurance and networked information systems trustworthiness - system and network security, reliability and assurance.
The R&D activities of IARG can be divided into the following broad sub-areas:
- Information Security including topics such as cryptographic tools and techniques; cryptanalysis; secure key generation, distribution and management; public key infrastructure, protocols for secure exchange of information over networks, digital watermarking and protection of IPRs.
- Error Control Coding, Fault Tolerant and Trusted Computing for reliability and assurance
- Secure Software Development.