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Virginia Tech offers multidisciplinary opportunities in information security and information assurance research and education, with participating faculty from the departments of Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Finance, Insurance, and Business Law; and Accounting and Information Systems. With its strong engineering and science focus, Virginia Tech offers deeply technical undergraduate and graduate programs in cybersecurity, and our faculty conduct leading-edge research in information security, network security, hardware security, and software security. Centers such as the Hume Center for National Security and Technology researches defense and intelligence applications of cyber attack and defense. The IT Security Lab, part of the university's CIO organization, is able to use the university's production network as a teaching hospital for cybersecurity. This website is a clearinghouse for information on our many programs.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

Virginia Tech is an NSA/DHS CAE-R, and features research and educational programs geared toward information assurance.

News and Events

Events scheduled for the 25th Anniversary of the Wireless Personal Communications Symposium and Summer School
May 4, 2015 — Wireless @ Virginia Tech is planning several events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wireless Personal Communications Symposium and Summer School on May 27-29.
Wireless @ Virginia Tech Faculty awarded NSF Grant to improve communications engineering education
Mar 3, 2015 — Wireless @ Virginia Tech faculty has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant aimed at Improving Undergraduate Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (IUSE) for research on wireless communication testbeds for authentic STEM learning.   
Wenjing Lou selected as an IEEE Fellow
Dec 9, 2014 — Wenjing Lou, professor of computer science, is a newly elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) for her contributions to information and network security.
Ali Butt and Chao Wang receive NSF grant to develop Pythia to solve problems of big data processing
Oct 21, 2014 — Massive amounts of data, collected daily, range from traditional consumers using cell phone technology to big corporations storing the buying patterns of thousands of individuals. According to one recent study reported in Computerworld, the amount of event data generated in the U.S. alone is estimated to be 7 million pieces per second and climbing.
U.S. Army looks to Daphne Yao to provide a more secure cyber space
Sep 25, 2014 — In cybersecurity, “the detection of insider attacks is a problem that we have known for a long time to be notorious to solve,” said Daphne Yao, the newly appointed L-3 Fellow and associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech.
Black joins the Virginia Tech Hume Center as Associate Director of Research for Aerospace Systems
Sep 22, 2014 — Virginia Tech’s Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology has named Jonathan Black as its first associate director of research for aerospace systems.
New proactive approach unveiled to detect malicious software in networked computers and data
Jun 3, 2014 — Cybercrime comes in all forms these days. One recent headline told of the creepware or silent computer snooping that resulted in the arrest of some 90 people in 19 countries.  Miss Teen USA was among the victims. Her computer had been turned into a camera and used to spy on her in her own bedroom.
Levy joins the Virginia Tech Hume Center as associate director of research in cybersecurity
May 6, 2014 — Virginia Tech’s Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology has announced the hiring of David Levy as its first associate director of research in cybersecurity. He will oversee the center’s growing portfolio of research in cybersecurity and analytics.
Hume Center hosting former Microsoft director at national security symposium
Apr 18, 2014 — The Hume Center for National Security and Technology will host Jim Simon, founding director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, as a keynote speaker at the April 2014 Virginia Tech Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) National Security Symposium.
Virginia Tech assistant professor wants to reduce failures in computerized visual recognition systems
Apr 7, 2014 — Computer programs that use facial or image recognition systems -- be it security cameras or applications that search databases for everything from photographs of wanted criminals to images of bears – are like any other technological marvel. They may be fast and versatile, but they frequently fail, and are limited to one-way communication: only taking orders from the user.