About the Institute


America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century depends upon cybersecurity

The Internet and its applications are now essential to all aspects of society, including national security, economic exchange, and social and political communication. Correspondingly, bad actors – ranging from common criminals to nation states – abuse Internet technologies with increasing scale and sophistication. Georgia Tech builds upon decades of leadership under GTISC and GTRI to expand its cybersecurity research across organizational boundaries as the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP).

The IISP was created in 2015 to serve as a central point of collaboration for government, industry and academia who need a multi-faceted team to explore complex, emerging cybersecurity problems. The IISP is led by senior researchers from Georgia Tech and GTRI, who coordinate large-scale academic and applied research projects, share support infrastructures (including experimental set-ups, proposal and project management), provide of-the-moment education to students and working professionals in all stages of their careers, and help partners commercialize our solutions.

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy:


  • Gives actionable insight by coordinating conversation across sectors and among national leaders
  • Identifies and solves through innovative research that addresses major technical and policy challenges
  • Transforms research results into commercially deployable technologies
  • Educates and trains tomorrow’s cybersecurity workforce and today’s professionals
Our vision is to be the catalyst of a cybersecurity industry that strengthens national defense, ensures economic continuity, and protects individual freedom.

Georgia Tech's Cybersecurity Breadth & Depth

  • Strong interdisciplinary focus. Cybersecurity and privacy researchers draw insights from several units, including the College of Computing, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the School of Public Policy, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Scheller College of Business, the Information & Communications Lab and the CIPHER Lab within the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and the Georgia Tech Cyber Security unit within the campus Office of Information Technology. This multidisciplinary collaboration allows us to effectively address today's cybersecurity issues, which are multi-faceted and complex, demanding new security, privacy and usability considerations.
  • Joint academic and applied research for classified projects. Georgia Tech houses multiple academic labs dedicated to cybersecurity as well as the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) -- a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Army. Georgia Tech is one of just 14 schools nationwide to hold UARC accreditation. Such close collaboration with national defense, and between the basic research and applied research organizations within a university, is rare in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Active partner of the U.S. Armed Forces. Georgia Tech is an active research and training partner to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and National
    Guard, and our research faculty include former military and government intelligence personnel with experience in nation-state cyberwarfare response.
  • Track record of successful technology transfer and commercialization. Research discoveries regularly reach the consumer through entrepreneurial collaboration by faculty and industry. Successful, Atlanta-based startups built from Georgia Tech research or alumni include PinDrop, Ionic Security, CrowdStrike, Purewire, Damballa, and others.
  • National leadership affecting security and privacy policy. Georgia Tech researchers, faculty and alumni frequently hold appointments as cybersecurity advisors to assist top federal officials, the White House, Congress, the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and major corporations. They lead precisely at the intersection of technology capability, use, and policy, where many of the most pressing issues lie.