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About Integrated Security

As part of its Beyond Boundaries initiative, Virginia Tech's Destination Areas are building transdisciplinary teams to tackle the world’s pressing problems through research, education, and engagement.  Destination Areas provide faculty and students with new tools to identify and solve complex, 21st-century problems in which Virginia Tech already has significant strengths and can take a global leadership role. The initiative represents the next step in the evolution of the land-grant university to meet economic and societal needs of the world.  The Integrated Security Destination Area is one of five core investments being undertaken by Virginia Tech.

The ISDA seeks to understand and foster a world in which individuals, institutions and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice. Realizing the need for an integrated approach to security, the ISDA leverages cross-university strengths and commitments to focus on four inter-related themes that include cyber security, privacy and ethics, governance, and global security in modern society.

Increasing the security and resilience of our communities, the nation, and the world requires understanding security as an integrated system of values, capabilities, and preparedness. The Integrated Security destination area focuses on advancing and assuring the security of our vital social, political, and financial networks while balancing the crucial needs and expectations of privacy and governmental oversight.

This mission cuts across four other destination areas and strategic growth areas, intersecting at key points of national interest where Virginia Tech has demonstrated expertise and capability:

  • Security for the Internet of Everything: The interconnection of the digital world, the physical world, and humans interacting with both worlds
  • Governance and Ethics for Security: Questions and concerns about the adoption, use, and audit of security and privacy practices as they affect citizens and their government, consumers and business, and humans and their environment
  • Analytics for National Security and Preparedness: Using the capabilities of big data to improve security, forecasting, awareness, and resilience in response to disasters and for national defense