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OCTOBER is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  For information or resources go to the National Cyber Security Alliance

Information Session - Security and Intelligence Studies Program, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 from 12:30 - 2:30 ED 107  RSVP here

Welcome to CINSER


What is CINSER?

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In 2014, Chicago State University (CSU) was awarded a grant to establish an Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence ( IC-CAE).  CSU’s IC CAE is housed in the Center for Information & Security Education and Research (CINSER).  CINSER is the only IC-CAE in Illinois and Great Lakes Region and it is established to offer educational programs and to perform research activities in the area of security and intelligence.

CINSER is an interdisciplinary center at Chicago State University which serves the university and local community through activities in the areas of Teaching, Outreach and Research.

Teaching - CINSER provides support for an academic program in Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS).  Chicago State University offers an undergraduate minor concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies and a newly approved Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security and Intelligence Studies.  Specializations in the minor and the certificate include Cybersecurity, Geospatial Intelligence, Information Analytics, Foreign language (Arabic, Kiswahili and other critical languages) and customized options.  In addition to formal education, CINSER provides co-curricular activities to the campus community including research round tables, tours of local security and intelligence facilities, and student challenges.

Outreach - CINSER provides many outreach opportunities to the campus and local community through an annual symposium, free non-credit courses, webinars featuring leaders from the field, professional development activities, and summer camps and learning opportunities for children and adults.  rCINSER also supports academic units, campus groups and community groups with special projects related to security and intelligence.

Research -  CINSER supports research in areas of applied security and intelligence studies from a diversity of academic perspectives.  CINSER supports the existing research programs of faculty related to security and intelligence and members of the center team and advisory board conduct studies related to security issues from an applied information technology approach and from a social science approach. 


  • Goal One: Establish Chicago State University’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE)  in Intelligence and Security Education and Research 
  • Goal Two: Develop undergraduate and  graduate programs  (minor, certificate, bachelor's and masters') in Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Goal Three: Graduate students with proficiency in strategic languages such Arabic, Hausa, or Kiswahili
  • Goal Four: Conduct annual series of conferences, colloquia, seminars and workshops with higher education, government, and industry partners in the region to foster IC-CAE faculty development, student enrichment, and a security culture among the public
  • Goal Five: Conduct multidisciplinary research to investigate threats, risks, safety, security, and individual privacy among diverse communities in the Chicago region.


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  • STOP - THINK - CONNECT. Department of Homeland Security Newsletter.
  • Online Security Clearance Training is available.  Training is a self-paced, web based course, To take the training, contact
  • Join the National Cybersecurity Student Association. Find Out More Here
  • Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair Find Out More Here

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Faculty Research and Innovation Grants 2017-2018

CINSER supports research from all disciplines that advances knowledge and provides insight and solutions to the safety, security and intelligence issues that affect our campus, city, region, nation and world.   In the 2017-2018 academic year, CINSER is offering support for faculty research related to its mission.  For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the maximum application request is capped at $2,000.  Please submit an application, proposal and budget to by April 2, 2018.  Awards will be announced at the CINSER Colloquium on April 12, 2018.


CINSER Faculty Research and Innovation Grant Flyer

Spring 2018 CINSER Faculty Research and Innovation Grant Announcement

Spring 2018  CINSER Faculty Research and Innovation Grant Application 

Spring 2018 CINSER Faculty Research and Innovation Grant Budget Template

Spring 2018  CINSER Faculty Research and Innovation Grant Evaluation Rubric


Meet Project Manager

Ms. Danielle Barefield, Project Manager