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About Cybersecurity @ Virginia Tech

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.

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Virginia Tech is a part of the multi-university Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC), and promotes collaborative research programs with industry and government in software security.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

Virginia Tech offers scholarships through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program, providing full scholarships for three years for students completing an accelerated BS/MS in cybersecurity.

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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.
Virginia Tech researchers devise traffic app to rival weather apps
Sep 19, 2014 — ComputerWorld online — Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are working on a cloud-based application that will use real-time information and historical data to predict when and where traffic is likely to snarl and slow a trip.
Embedded Security (EE Tip #139)
Aug 1, 2014 — Circuit Cellular — Virginia Tech professor Patrick Schaumont explains, “perfect embedded security cannot exist. Attackers have a wide variety of techniques at their disposal, ranging from analysis to reverse engineering.
Malware methodology, drone launchers and a health IT departure
Jul 31, 2014 — FCW — Danfeng Yao, associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, worked with a fellow professor and a graduate student on detecting malware and infected computer hosts in advance.
Malware protection based on semantics proves successful
Jul 31, 2014 — Examiner.com — Malware harms everyone from the totally computer illiterate phone user to the devastating attack on Target that cost the company millions. Danfeng Yao, associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech College of Engineering...
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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.
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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.
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech College of Engineering

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.

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.
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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.
Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield
Mar 24, 2014 — WIRED — “Things get much harder against Far East targets when we don’t have a dominating US military footprint in the region as we did with Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Charles Clancy, director of the Hume Center...

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