Awards & Distinctions

Professors Wenke Lee (L) and Taesoo Kim (R), together with then-students Byoungyoung Lee and Chengyu Song, earned the 2015 "Internet Defense Prize" from Facebook and USENIX Security for their paper, “Type Casting Verification: Stopping an Emerging Attack Vector.”

Turning imaginative solutions into action

For more than 17 years, Georgia Tech has ranked among the top 10 public universities in the U.S., with undergraduate and graduate programs for computer science ranking in the top 10 nationally and fifth in the world. Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity research is regularly accepted into premier, peer-reviewed academic conferences and honored by independent organizations. Researchers, faculty, and alumni hold appointments as cybersecurity advisors and assist top federal officials, Congress, the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, and major corporations.

Below is a sampling of organizations that recognized Georgia Tech's experts for their outstanding results and contributions.


#2 Best Cybersecurity Colleges

Georgia Tech ranks second in the nation for its cybersecurity curriculum, according to Degree Prospects, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of informational websites in higher education. Contributing to this ranking are Georgia Tech's subject matter expertise, breadth of research labs, various Center of Excellence designations, scholarship and grant opportunities, and proximity to a burgeoning technology industry.


#2 Graduate School for IT Public Policy

Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy is a leader in the important field of cybersecurity policy, holding the #2 spot nationally in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking for the Information Technology & Management public affairs specialization. The School is home to the Internet Governance Project, a prominent hub of analysis and educational activity related to global Internet management. 


#4 Graduate Program for Computer Engineering

Graduate students pursuing computer science or electrical engineering at Georgia Tech can count themselves fourth among the nation's Top 10 schools, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 college rankings. Georgia Tech also stands at #5 for Electrical Engineering, #8 for Computer Science, #10 for Systems, and #16 for Programming Language, among other top 20 rankings in the field. Multiple cybersecurity labs, including an Intel Science & Technology Center for machine learning and cybersecurity, offer expansive graduate research opportunities. Student organizations such as the "GreyHat Club," undergraduate research programs, and "capture-the-flag" tournaments all contribute to holistic learning at Georgia Tech.


#12 Graduate School for Business - Information Systems

Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business ranks #12 nationally among U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of best graduate schools for business administration of information systems. The School offers a Quantitative & Computational Finance Program that is a leader in analysis and statistics. 


University Affiliated Research Center

for the U.S. Department of Defense, United States Army
Georgia Tech is one of 14 universities nationwide to be a university affiliated research center (UARC) for the Department of Defense, chartered with the U.S. Army. UARCs are research organizations within a university or college that provide or maintain essential engineering, research and development capabilities through a long-term, strategic relationship with the DoD. UARCs are established by the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), Office of the Secretary of Defense.


National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R)

Since 2014, Georgia Tech has been designated as a "Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research" (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Universities with this designation are recognized for meeting stringent research criteria, mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge principles, and encouraging students to pursue doctoral research in cybersecurity.


2016 Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

for the President of the United States
Georgia Tech was represented among the 12 appointees to the 2016 Commission, which outlined six imperatives for the White House to strengthen national security, workforce training, and public understanding of cybersecurity.


2016 Winner of NSA Codebreaker Challenge

at the National Security Agency
Graduate students at Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, led by Prof. Taesoo Kim, swept more than 3,300 international competitors in the 2016 NSA Codebreaker Challenge. The annual contest asks university students to complete a series of six hacking challenges with escalating difficulty. Universities are rated by the number of competitors who successfully complete each challenge and how quickly they do so. Georgia Tech students submitted the most solutions, which only 15 competitors worldwide were able to complete.


2015 Excellence in Counterintelligence Award

from Defense Security Service
Georgia Tech is one of two recipients in 2015 of the DSS "Excellence in Counterintelligence" award and the only university-affiliated winner to date. DSS created the award to honor a cleared contractor which best demonstrates the ability to stop foreign theft of U.S. defense technology. Included in this honor was the Cyber Technology and Information Security Lab’s (CTISL) "Apiary" malicious software analysis program that permits the Atlanta-based DSS office to submit potential malicious emails and receive instant feedback.


2015 Internet Defense Prize

from USENIX Security and Facebook
The Internet Defense Prize recognizes and rewards research that meaningfully makes the internet more secure and is intended to stimulate high quality research in this area. Research by Georgia Tech's faculty and PhD students in the College of Computing was honored for the team’s novel technique to detect bad type casts in C++ programs and thereby discover 11 previously unknown security flaws in popular browsers.


Professionalizing the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce

In 2013, Sy Goodman, professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, co-authored the landmark study, “Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce? Criteria for Decision-Making,” which set forth criteria for workforce development under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.