It's easy to hack into your computer and use it without your knowledge to conduct malicious activity or steal your information. The Center for Information Forensics and Assurance (CIFA) focuses on training and educating citizens and public employees in information privacy, security, and assets and infrastructure protection. The Center emulates the classic teaching hospital, where real problems allow students and practitioners to hone their skills under expert guidance. A joint project of UAlbany the New York State Police and the New York State Office of Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure Coordination, CIFA is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science. It is a co-host of the Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference .