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.


#6 Undergraduate Program for Computer Engineering

Georgia Tech's many degree pathways under the College of Engineering and the College of Computing contribute to its #6 ranking overall for "undergraduate computer engineering" by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. Student organizations such as the "GreyHat Club," undergraduate research programs, and "capture-the-flag" tournaments all contribute to holistic learning at Georgia Tech.


#7 Graduate Program for Engineering

Graduate students pursuing computer science or electrical engineering at Georgia Tech can count themselves among the Top 10 schools, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 college rankings. Georgia Tech stands at #5 for graduate computer engineering, #6 for computer systems, and #6 for graduate electrical engineering, and #7 overall for graduate education in the engineering sector. Multiple cybersecurity labs, including an Intel Science & Technology Center for machine learning and cybersecurity, offer expansive graduate research opportunities.


#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 & Management

Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy is a leader in the important field of cybersecurity policy, earning the #2 spot nationally by U.S. News & World Report's "2018 Best Graduate Schools Ranking" for the Information Technology and Management specialization. The School also hosts the Internet Governance Project, a prominent hub of analysis and educational activity related to global Internet management.


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 Information Assurance Education (CAE-R)

Since 2014, Georgia Tech has been designated as a National Security Agency "Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education" (CAE-R) for meeting stringent criteria, mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge principles, and encouraging students to pursue doctoral research in cybersecurity.


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.


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.