About the Institute


The Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) at Georgia Tech serves as a coordinating body for cybersecurity research.

By leveraging intellectual capital from across Georgia Tech and its external partners, we address vital solutions for national defense, economic continuity, and individual freedom. In partnership with the IISP, government and industry partners can help move Georgia Tech's cybersecurity research into deployable solutions that close the innovation gap with immediate application in the world.

To inquire about licensing, existing research, or to begin a project, contact: Gloria Griessman


Mission, Vision and Goals



The Institute for Information Security & Privacy will identify and address the grand challenges in cybersecurity and privacy. We will educate and train students and professionals through degree and life-long learning programs. We will engage the government, industry and the general public on cybersecurity and privacy issues, and transfer results into deployable technologies.


The Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) at Georgia Tech is as an international leader in researching, developing, and disseminating technical solutions and policy about cybersecurity and privacy. We assemble strong, innovative, multi-disciplinary teams to address contemporary and future cybersecurity or privacy challenges faced by government, industry and individuals. Our graduates become leaders in government, scientific, industry and entrepreneurial communities.

Strategic Goals: 

1. To become the world’s premier academic research center in cybersecurity and privacy, addressing the major technical and policy challenges.

2. To educate and train the future leaders of cybersecurity and privacy in academia, government, and industry.

3. To become the first choice for the government, industry, and public media in need of innovative research, technical insights, and policy guidance about cybersecurity and privacy.

4. To be a catalyst of the information security industry in Georgia through joint research projects with companies as well as successful start-up companies by Georgia Tech faculty members and graduates.

Message from Executive Director
Solving Cybersecurity's Most Critical Challenges

As Executive Director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, we are excited and proud to be in a position to amplify Georgia Tech's long-standing tradition of discovering, connecting, and solving cybersecurity threats.  Our mission is to address the newest and next cybersecurity challenges faced by government, industry and individuals, and to train the next leaders who will continue this important work in the field. We advance from a position already fortified by the successful achievements of two leading labs -- the Georgia Tech Internet Security Center (GTISC) in the College of Computing and the Cyber Information Protection & Hardware Evaluation Laboratory (CIPHER) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. By coordinating these units with other related research underway at Georgia Tech, we can aggressively and comprehensively solve the newest, most sophisticated security threats -- from information espionage to the integrity of the "Internet of Things" that connects us in novel ways.
Georgia Tech has a unique model that combines three important elements in order to tackle cybersecurity threats: 1) academic, discovery-based research that explores new approaches without abandon and encourages uninhibited thinking; 2) applied research involving real-world problems using data shared by external partners to dissect immediate threats, and 3) the ability to move our discoveries into the marketplace where we can have societal and economic benefit. Modern cybersecurity work must take place in these three spheres, and the new Institute for Information Security & Privacy has been built at the intersection of all three.
We appreciate the support from the colleges and GTRI in deciding to move forward in this important manner. The Institute for Information Security & Privacy unifies our strengths across Georgia Tech and forms a new gateway to Georgia Tech’s experts so that together we can solve the grandest challenges of cybersecurity.

Thank you,

Dr. Wenke Lee
Executive Director
Institute for Information Security & Privacy