Developing the future of education and research in cybersecurity and privacy.
The School of Cybersecurity and Privacy (SCP) is the Georgia Institute of Technology’s newest academic unit, as of fall 2020, and in many ways its most ambitious to date. We will meet the needs of new and current students and develop new programs even as we build on existing strengths. Georgia Tech’s commitment to cybersecurity predates the term, extending back more than 20 years to the Sam Nunn Forum which drew attention to the vulnerabilities of emerging computerized financial systems. In the intervening years, cybersecurity and privacy disciplines have become more important than ever to prepare and equip future professionals to help keep safe our personal and national interests.
Plans for a Student Town Hall
Sept. 17, 2021
Dear Cybersecurity and Privacy community,
Many thanks to all the faculty and students who came to last week’s steering committee for the Student Town Hall we are planning for later in the semester. As I have mentioned a few times already, I want to focus on student involvement this year. Interest in this idea is high among graduate and undergraduate students and exceptionally high among online master’s students. A dozen students were interested enough to volunteer to help plan for the Town Hall meeting where this will be discussed. Interestingly, student interest in cybersecurity is also high among students enrolled in a wide variety of degree programs.
We will use the Town Hall to help get the word out about SCP and where cybersecurity and privacy are heading at Georgia Tech. I thought it would be an excellent way to survey student organizations, events, and initiatives SCP should embrace and sponsor. Still, the steering committee discussion convinced me that we could use the town hall format to generate new ideas and host an open conversation about student priorities, desires, and concerns.
Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) is the only interdisciplinary degree in cybersecurity from a U.S. News & World Report Top 10-ranked public university that you can earn online.
Cybersecurity is no longer just a computer programmer’s problem. It touches multiple disciplines, careers and nearly all aspects of society – from public policy to energy management to product design.
The Computer Science PhD program is divided up into a series of milestones which every student progresses through on the way to the degree. A component in information security is offered.
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- 1 out of every 4 new students in 2020 in the policy track identify as female
- Enrollment of women increased in all three degree tracks in 2020
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Faculty and Researcher Community
Georgia Tech cybersecurity and privacy research is represented worldwide at prominent venues and showcases some of the latest breakthroughs in the fields. Our community of experts bring a wide range of experience to collaborate across disciplines and tackle complex challenges in today’s technology environment.
As a transfer student, the threaded curriculum was what attracted computer engineering major Andrew Gonzalez to Georgia Tech.
“I found out about the threads before applying. I knew that I wanted to focus on cybersecurity and distributed systems. Georgia Tech was the only program that gave me such a customized approach to the fields I’m interested in pursuing.”
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The full-time software engineer from Boston solved all but one of the tasks, the last few of which were released in early 2021 while he was starting a new course in his graduate program.
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Wang said the codebreaker challenge did something invaluable – putting students in a cybersecurity role where the stakes were high.
Becky Borrebach has a unique opportunity to be a role model for women, especially those interested in STEM, when she officially finishes the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program at Georgia Tech in May.
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The courses are teaching me security procedures and protocols to apply to my daily job in order to solve complex cybersecurity problems such as phishing attacks, exploits and cyberthreats.
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Just recently my company was being hit with network-crippling DDOS attacks. We were studying these attacks in class at the same time. I was able to communicate what exactly was going on to upper management and recommend appropriate actions.
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