Chair’s Message | Graduation Weekend

May 7, 2021

Dear Cybersecurity and Privacy community,

Spring semester is officially a wrap, and starting this morning, members of the Graduating Class of Spring 2021 will take part in commencement ceremonies. Congratulations to all the graduates who are being conferred degrees and a special job well done to the students in our cybersecurity graduate programs. To the graduates – you will break new ground in the field as you start or continue your careers. You’ve been prepared well and we wish you the best of luck. Please stay connected with the school and visit us when you’re back in the area.

You can meet some of our new alumni – including the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program’s first women graduates – in the school’s graduation coverage.

As we mark the end of SCP’s second semester and prepare for summer, we have much that we can be proud of. Building a new school has taken the village institute, and many of you answered the call.

Some recent activity of note with SCP people and programs:

  • The Georgia Cybersecurity and Privacy Roadmap Taskforce convened its second workshop, bringing together leaders from Georgia industries and government – including aerospace, agriculture, defense, and intelligence – to drill down on the requirements needed in the public and private cybersecurity sectors. The video is available here and one more workshop is being planned.
  • Spring brought a number of high-profile cyber-attacks and digital privacy issues that were reported in the media. School faculty continue to engage in the public discourse on these topics and you can see where in this interactive graph.
  • Yesterday I keynoted an event that drew national tech and business leaders to discuss “Global Trends in Digital Infrastructure.” John McIntyre from Georgia Tech’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) – no relation – invited me to set the stage for the discussion and share with the primarily non-cybersecurity audience what the cyber landscape looks like.

At the end of the keynote, I discussed the investment Georgia Tech has made in the new school and how we are in a good position to scale our programs to educate higher numbers of professionals and leaders needed in cybersecurity and digital privacy. You are making that investment possible. I’m looking forward to continuing our work this summer. Happy trails.


Richard  DeMillo 
Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computing  
Chair, School of Cybersecurity and Privacy   Visit me at
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