The Regis University Center for Information Assurance Studies (CIAS) is located in Denver, CO at the campus of Regis University, a Jesuit university. Regis University's mission is to serve others. The CIAS maintains a portal for Colorado citizens, business and government to obtain Information Assurance information, research, and education.  We accomplish this mission through active participation in the community through hosted events that educate and inform. 

We provide Regis faculty as speakers at Small to Medium sized Business and non/not for profit gatherings. Our goal is to educate the next generation of CyberSecurity professionals.

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The DoD IASP scholarship program is available to current graduate students. Click on the IASP Scholarship tab (below) for links to program information.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) was run at the DTC campus 10-12 of March, 2017. 6380 S Fiddlers Green Cir, Greenwood Village CO. Ten collegiate teams from the Rocky Mountain region competed in a business orientated cyber defense challenge to represent us at the National CCDC in San Antonio. Congratulations to BYU who repeated as RMCCDC champions finishing in third place this year.

Cybergirlz a joint venture with Cyberwatch West, ISACA, ISSA and Regis University will be hosted at the Northwest Campus in fall 2017. Potential coaches, interested parents and of course Cybergirlz are invited to attend the 9am-3pm event. The young women will participate in a variety of exercises, table top sharing sessions with working cybersecurity women, capture the flag exercise, ethical decision making, stop bullying exercises and keynote by Ms. Debbi Blyth, CISO State of Colorado. At the same time and in the same building parent and coach information sessions will be conducted by experienced Cyber Patriot coaches, industry professionals and past members of successful Colorado Cyber Patriot teams.

People and Affiliations of Colorado Front Range Center on Information Assurance Studies

Directors: Dan Likarish and Steve Fulton.


Regis faculty, students and staff participate significantly in various groups, both in the Information Assurance Field and in the promotion of Information Assurance Education.

Regis University received the designation of Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) in 2007 from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation means that Regis University has excellent educational standards in cybersecurity. It also allows us to participate in the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) and other scholarship programs.

Information Assurance Education Organizations

Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education

ISACA: Organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals

Every year Regis has sent three faculty members to the CISSE conference, including the director and assistant director of the COFR CIAS. Through this colloquium Regis maintains an awareness of current and future government and industry needs regarding information professional skill sets. 

Information Assurance Industry Organizations and Related Organizations


Regis University has been a member of Infragard since October of 2010. The organization is sponsored by the local FBI office and is responsible for educating Colorado Front Range businesses, educational institutions and industry with respect to protection of the critical infrastructure of Colorado and the nation. 

The Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and Regis University's College of Computing and Information Sciences (CC&IS)  have established a joint effort to support women in computer security through a home grown initiative, Cybergirlz. Our faculty and students provide Colorado Cyber Patriot teams mentorship and coaching.

IASP Scholarship

Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) is now available to current Regis University undergraduate and graduate students. Click here for more information.  

The IASP program application DEADLINE is February 1, 2018. 

IASP student application instruction are located here. The IASP Application is here.

As a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, (CAEIAE) Regis University is pleased to offer current and prospective students the opportunity to apply for scholarships which include work with the DoD (Department of Defense) in the field of Information Assurance.

RU was awarded the CAEIAE Status in June of 2007. The designation as a Center of Academic Excellence allows us to participate in the scholarship process. 

Current Regis University students:
Students applying for undergraduate BS in Cybersecurity and Master's students at Regis University are eligible to apply for the Spring 2018 IASP (Information Assurance Scholarship Program) Scholarship sponsored by the Department of Defense. Regis students may download, fill out and submit applications to the Director of the Regis University Center of Information Assurance Studies ( for review by the scholarship committee. The application period is now open the application is due 1 February 2018. We are unable to take applications after that time. The students who apply will be informed of the DoD's decision in summer 2018.

Faculty Research Papers and Presentations

Moore, E. and Likarish, D. (2010). "Multi-Method Virtualization An Architectural Strategy for Service Tuning,"Proceedings of the 43nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-43), 10 pages, CD-ROM, IEEE Computer Society, January 2010.

Lupo, J., & Likarish, D. (2008). Static and dynamic packet filtering for lightly managed systems. 3rd International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Omaha, NE; USA.

Conn, S. (2005). OLTP and OLAP Data Integration: A Review of Feasible Implementation Methods and Architectures for Real Time Data Analysis. The Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon 2005 (Ft, Lauderdale), April 8-10, 2005.

Conn, S. (2004). A methodology for implementing ontology-driven information systems using higher order semantic database models. Proceedings of the Tenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, New York, New York, August 2004.

Conn, S. (2004). Implementing a strategic, sequential, and iterative pedagogical flow to online IS distance education learning. Proceedings of the Tenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, New York, New York, August 2004.

Conn, S.  (2004). Implementing successful online learning. The International Pricipal, v. 8, no. 2.

Likarish, D. (2004). Utilizing a Virtual Laboratory to Implement Standards Based Ethical Decision Making in Information Assurance Courses. Proceedings of the Ethics and Technology Conference, Loyola University. Abstract.

Conn, S. (2003). Platform architecture and features for thin-client/server delivery for oracle interface and tools.

Conn, S.  (2003). A new teaching paradigm in information systems education: an investigation and report on the origins, significance and efficacy of the agile development movement.

Cyber P3 Scholarship

United States Reserve Forces and National Guard Cyber Soldier Development – Cyber Private Public Partnership (Cyber P3)

The Cyber P3 scholarship is now available to current US reserve forces and National Guard members who are Regis University undergraduate and graduate students, (see Regis CYBER P3 flyer). If you are not a current student contact admissions to begin the admission process that will qualify you for the scholarship. If you have questions contact us at Send your completed application materials (see section 1/a./ iv.) to

The CYBER P3 program application DEADLINE is February 15, 2018.

As a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, (CAEIAE) Regis University is pleased to offer current students the opportunity to apply for any of our degrees or certificates:

  • BS in Cybersecurity,
  • BS in Cybersecurity four plus one program resulting in a MS in Information Assurance,
  • MS in Information Assurance with emphasis in Cybersecurity or IA Planning and Management,
  • Certificates in Cybersecurity or IA Planning and Management

RU was awarded the CAEIAE Status in June of 2007. The designation as a Center of Academic Excellence provides Regis with the opportunity to participate in the CYBER P3 scholarship.

Current Regis University students:
Current or newly accepted undergraduates and Master's students at Regis University are eligible to apply for the spring 2018 Reserve Forces and National Guard CYBER P3 (sponsored by the Department of Defense). The application period is now open the application is due February 15, 2018. The students who apply will be informed of the DoD's decision in summer 2018.  Scholarship award requires student’s commitment to 3 years of service for each scholarship year.

The National Security Agency / National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity is soliciting CYBER P3 Scholars:

  1. Scholarships: In collaboration with the military services and the National Guard, NSA estimates awarding scholarships (via grant awards) for a period of one year (beginning with the fall semester) to designated CAEs, operating independently or in collaboration with other accredited institutions, including accredited post-secondary minority institutions.  The purpose is to lay a sound foundation for the development of a robust cybersecurity program for undergraduate and graduate Reservists and Guardsmen enrolled in the CAE or its collaborating institutions' degree and graduate certificate cybersecurity programs.  Programs should support supplemental; foundational; and/or advanced academic research/study that support cyber skills development beyond military training requirements.

a. Student eligibility and requirements:

  1. Reservists and Guardsmen, who are in good standing, part of the Selected Reserve (SELRES) which include: Troop Program Unit (TPUs); Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA); and Active Guard Reserve (AGRs). Reservists in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or the Retired Reserve (RR) will be excluded from this program. 
  1. Undergraduate scholars must maintain 3.0 out of 4.0 grade point average or the equivalent; graduate scholars must maintain a 3.2 out of 4.0 grade point average or the equivalent.  Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will constitute grounds for termination of financial assistance.  Additionally, scholars who fail to complete the degree or certificate program satisfactorily or to fulfill the service commitment upon graduation shall be required to reimburse the United States, in whole or in part, the cost of the financial (scholarship) assistance provided to them.  
  2. Reservists and Guardsmen (hereinafter referred to as Scholars) selected for the program will receive one-year scholarships, with an option to continue contingent upon receipt of additional program funds:
    1. Tuition
    2. Mandatory or general fees as determined by the institution. Optional or miscellaneous fees will not be covered.
    3. Book allowance
    4. Travel funding for one cybersecurity conference per academic year – continental US-held conferences only.  
    5. One-time cost of laptop or tablet for coursework and/or electronic books

(Returning scholars who continue from prior year(s) and/or continue for an additional degree/certificate will only receive one laptop)

iv. Scholars will be required to submit a complete scholarship application. Required documents are listed below. 

  1. Signed continuing service agreement (SF-182 short form).
  2. Signed Commander Letter.  Scholars will have the first Lieutenant Colonel (O5) in their chain-of-command endorse a memorandum from their first line leader indicating that the Scholar is in good standing. Good standing is defined as follows: (1) Has less than four (4) U’s; (2) is not flagged; and (3) is current on all Professional Military Education (PME). This memorandum must accompany the SF-182 and must be kept on file for the duration plus five (5) years in the event of an audit.
  3. Provide a copy of the Soldier Record Brief or Officer Record Brief. Please black-out dates of birth and/or social security numbers. This information is not required for the scholarship.  
  4. Resume
  5. After selection, Scholar’s may be required to submit an academic plan.

v. If selected for the scholarship program, scholars must agree to sign a scholar agreement form.