Cybersecurity @ Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech offers multidisciplinary opportunities in cybersecurity education and research, with participating faculty from the departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Political Science, and Business. With its strong engineering and science focus, Virginia Tech offers deeply technical undergraduate and graduate programs in cybersecurity, and our faculty conduct world-class 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.

Below are some of the key designations held by Virginia Tech for both its education and research programs in cybersecurity.



Cybersecurity Education Programs

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering offers and undergraduate minor in Cyberesecurity and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will soon offer an undergraduate major in Networks and Cybersecurity.

  • Engineering Minor in Cybersecurity
  • BS in Computer Engineering – Cyber Operations Track
  • BS in Computer Engineering – Major in Networks and Cybersecurity
  • BS/MS Program – CyberCorps Scholarship for Service
  • CyberLeaders Program

Virginia Tech offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science based both at the main campus in Blacksburg and in Falls Church.

  • MS and PhD in Computer Science with Cybersecurity Track
  • MEng, MS, and PhD in Computer Engineering with Cybersecurity Track
  • Masters of Information Technology with Cybersecurity Tracks (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Engineering

Virginia Tech's student cybersecurity club, VTCSec, provides a venue for students outside the classroom to engage in cybersecurity events, talks, and competitions.


Cybersecurity Research Programs

Virginia Tech's faculty have wide-ranging research programs ongoing in cybersecurity. The university's core strength in world-class cybersecurity research are in the following key areas of expertise:

  • Cyber-Physical System Security;
  • Cybersecurity Policy and Governance; and
  • Wireless Communications and Networking Security.

Six research centers and labs listed below capture a large portion of the ongoing research activity. For more information see personal websites for the faculty listed below.

$15M per year in research grants and contracts
150 students per year supported as graduate research assistants

Cybersecurity Research Centers and Laboratories


Cybersecurity Faculty

Peter Athanas
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wade Baker
Business Information Technology
France Belanger
Accounting and Information Systems
Reza Barkhi
Accounting and Information Systems
Jon Black
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Aaron Brantly
Political Science
Ezra "Bud" Brown
Mathematics
Tam Chantem
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ing-Ray Chen
Computer Science
Charles Clancy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Steve Edwards
Computer Science
Joey Ernst
Hume Center
Steven Eubank
Biocomplexity Institute
Michael Fowler
Hume Center
Ryan Gerdes
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Janine Hiller
Finance
Kendall Giles
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brian Hay
Hume Center
Kevin Heaslip
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael Hsiao
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Eric Jardine
Political Science
Nathan Lau
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Wenjing Lou
Computer Science
Madhav Marathe
Biocomplexity Institute
Randy Marchany
IT Security Lab
Alan Michaels
Hume Center
Scott Midkiff
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert McGwier
Hume Center
Joe Mitola
Hume Center
Kara Nance
Hume Center
Leyla Nazhandali
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chris North
Computer Science
Tim O'Shea
Hume Center
Jung-Min "Jerry" Park
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cameron Patterson
Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Raymond
IT Security Lab
Jeff Reed
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Barbara Ryder
Computer Science
Walid Saad
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Patrick Schaumont
Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Simpson
Pamplin College of Business
Joseph Tront
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Eli Tilevich
Computer Science
Kyriakos Vamvoudakis
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Anil Vullikanti
Biocomplexity Institute
Gang Wang
Computer Science
Yaling Yang
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Danfeng "Daphne" Yao
Computer Science
Haibo Zeng
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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