Hewlett-Packard's First Chief Technology Officer To Head Georgia Tech Information Security Center

July 4, 2006

The Georgia Institute of Technology has named Dr. Richard A. DeMillo Distinguished Professor of Computing and Director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), effective August 15. DeMillo was Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company’s first Chief Technology Officer. He is leaving his post as vice president at HP and returning to Georgia Tech, where he had previously taught until 1987. DeMillo’s distinguished technology career spans business, government and academia, including major positions at HP, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), and Purdue University and Georgia Tech.

DeMillo will direct the applied research, education and outreach activities of GTISC, which was named a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education last year. GTISC has developed courses for a Master’s Degree in Information Security and new basic research and educational funding of approximately $2.7 million for FY 2001. GTISC focuses on researching security technologies, policy research on information security, information security education, applied research and development, and service and outreach to academia, government and industry.

"Rich is an outstanding addition to GTISC, the College of Computing and to Georgia Tech," said Jean-Lou Chameau, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Tech. "He is highly regarded in the worlds of industry, government, and academia and his presence will provide our information security initiative a tremendous boost," he said.

"He brings incredible experience and knowledge from his impressive career in academia, government, and business," said Ellen Zegura, interim Dean of the College of Computing. "Our students and faculty will benefit greatly from his presence at Tech," she said.

"This is a very exciting time to be joining the Georgia Tech community, and I hope I will be able to contribute to Tech’s long-term success," said DeMillo. "Information security has become the critical technology problem of the decade and I look forward to helping Georgia Tech become a national resource in Cyber Security."

GTISC was established in Spring 1998 upon the recommendation by business, government and education leaders meeting at Georgia Tech for the Sam Nunn NationsBank Policy Forum entitled, "Information Security: Risks, Opportunities, & the Bottom Line."

The Center uses an interdisciplinary approach to conducting research and development in the field of information security. Its mission is to conduct research contributing to the development and testing of concepts, techniques, and models that will become the foundation for the discipline of information security; to develop and commercialize new information security technologies; and to educate and train information security professionals through degree, non-degree, and public information programs. The interdisciplinary center reports to the Office of the Provost and involves faculty from the College of Computing, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and the School of Public Policy—both schools in the Ivan Allen College.