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

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