James Joshi is a professor and lead faculty member for the School’s world-class track of study in information assurance and security in the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems. His dedication to the success of this track enabled Pitt to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The curriculum has been certified by the Committee on National System Security (CNSS) as meeting the national standards for information security education; the program has five such certifications—one of only 13 universities to have this many certifications. This cutting-edge field will produce the next generation of leaders keeping information secure for businesses and government agencies.

James directs the Laboratory of Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), a research center that harnesses the technical expertise of the University’s faculty to address multidimensional problems in information assurance. LERSAIS hosts high-impact research on two key aspects of information assurance (security and availability) and develops and supports high-quality education in security and information assurance.

In 2006, James was awarded a prestigious, five-year, $416,419 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his work on the project, “A Trust-Based Access Control Management Framework for Secure Information Sharing and Multimedia Workflows in Heterogeneous Environments.”

The goal of James’ research is to address the complex security and management issues related to emerging multi-domain application environments. The results of this research are expected to have a long-term impact on the development of secure data application environments and to contribute significantly to efforts to protect complex systems and infrastructures such as the national—and global—information grids.