From the Dean's Desk – September 15, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

The good news just keeps coming this week. On the heels of the rest of the world knowing about our #1 ranking in undergraduate cybersecurity education, we have formally announced the new School of Cybersecurity and Privacy (which for various reasons, including the opportunities for puns, will be referred to as SCP for short).

The new school won’t just affect CoC: it will pull in researchers from the College of Engineering, the Scheller College of Business, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and GTRI… and that’s just to begin with. SCP will be an inter-college School. This  inter-college structure will allow the school to address cybersecurity problems that involve not only technology, but the law, business processes, and human behavior.

We are creating a new frontier in cybersecurity education and research at a moment when society desperately needs it. There are half a million unfilled cybersecurity and privacy jobs in the American economy right now. And as our lives continue to go online, more will be needed to secure industry, national infrastructure, and of course our own personal data. Such a school will be central in our many efforts to be the place to be for responsible computing. Responsibility—like security, like computing itself—is not a toolset or skillset, it is a mindset.

In other words, and with even more understatement than yesterday, I think it is safe to say that we can all be proud of this achievement. This new school builds on decades of work in cybersecurity in the College and across the Institute. I’d like to particularly thank Rich DeMillo (who will serve as the interim chair of the new school) as well as Wenke Lee and Mustaque Ahamad, whose hard work helped build the plans we are executing now.




Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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