The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech has been recertified as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

The designation remains in effect for a five-year period.

The National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.

Virginia Tech offers a multidisciplinary approach to education in information security that includes both technical and non-technical courses of study. Students may concentrate in information assurance-related studies while pursuing degrees in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, mathematics, finance, accounting and information systems, or business information technology. 

Ethics, policy and legal issues, and other non-technical topics are addressed in multiple courses, enabling both technical and non-technical students to gain an understanding of the complex nature of information assurance. 

In addition, a new graduate certificate in information assurance engineering and a new undergraduate minor in cybersecurity will be offered during the 2014 fall semester. 

Virginia Tech also offers a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which provides full tuition and up to $25,000 a year in scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity. The program is open to students majoring in computer science or computer engineering. 

Organized under the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the communication and computation challenges of the national security community. Advanced research programs focus on signals intelligence, electronic warfare, resilient systems and communications, and data-to-decision. 

The center is located both in Blacksburg and National Capital Region at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.



Written by Christine Callsen.
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