The National Center for the Protection of the Financial Infrastructure was established in 2009 to advance the security and safety of the nation's financial infrastructure through research, education and outreach. Dakota State University was designated an Academic Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency in 2004. The Department of Homeland Security designated DSU as a CAE in 2007. DSU was the first university in the nation to offer a Bachelor's degree in Information Assurance in 2002 and has been offering Master's degrees in Information Assurance since 2003.About CPFI

  • Work collaboratively with government, academic, and industry scientists and policymakers to address knowledge gaps through research;
  • Consult with and catalyze policymakers / practitioners to develop and adopt effective information security policy;
  • Conduct review and analysis of available information assurance scientific and public policy information for the purpose of dissemination in industry, academia and the general public;
  • Convene experts to assess problems, analyze available information and develop effective public policy recommendations; and
  • Disseminate current security information widely available to industry, academia, consumers and other stakeholders in the financial services arena.


  • Creating improvements in security, preparedness, and resiliency of the financial system;
  • Developing rapid and accurate methods to prevent security incidents;
  • Developing tools and strategic applications to mitigate security incidents;
  • Developing tools to facilitate recovery from security incidents and for resuming stable operations;
  • Developing a process for rapid communication with the public during a security incident; and
  • Developing high-quality education and training for students and industry professionals.

Focus Areas:

  • Prevention of security incidents;
  • Improved detection of security incidents;
  • Rapid response and recovery from security incidents;
  • Assessing potential economic impact on commerce and trade, and developing strategies for minimizing economic losses;
  • Development of tools to reduce the risk of security incidents for a secure financial infrastructure;
  • Improved public security through predictive modeling and decision-making tools to improve strategies for preparedness of the financial infrastructure;
  • Measure security preparedness of the financial infrastructure in the United States; and
  • Produce training materials, advanced course content, degree options, and consumer education.

Last Updated: 8/1/12