U.S. Cyber Command chief praises TU

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gen. Keith Alexander says iSec, Cyber Corps among nation's best programs

AlexanderGen. Keith B. Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, praised The University of Tulsa for being one of the nation’s top schools for cybersecurity programs during a recent campus stop.

“I am really impressed with how the community and the university have come together to support the important work being done here,” he said. “TU is recognized as one of the top schools in the nation by the leading experts in cybersecurity.”

During his visit, he toured TU campus information security facilities, interacted with students and faculty and met with university leaders, including President Steadman Upham. Afterward, he made comments to students, faculty and community members during a luncheon at the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the topic of the importance of cybersecurity as a component of national defense.

Alexander praised the support of both the administration and community members who have bolstered TU’s cybersecurity initiatives. He noted this support has helped prepare TU students to be the next generation of information security leaders.

The University of Tulsa has long been a pioneer in the area of information security, thanks to the efforts of faculty who have built programs that combine academic rigor with real-world problem solving. As a result, TU students and faculty are working on a wide range of security issues including protecting the nation’s power grid, using digital forensics for criminal investigations, securing electronic commerce, and assisting with other highly sensitive work that makes an important contribution to the nation’s security.

TU has distinguished itself through programs such as Cyber Corps and the Institute for Information Security, which both have quietly developed future leaders in this discipline while strengthening TU’s reputation within this important industry. In fact, TU has been named a lead school for the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps program, and TU is one of only two schools selected by the National Security Agency as a training facility for other university faculty.

Alexander serves as commander for U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and director of the National Security Agency/chief of Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) at Fort George G. Meade, Md. U.S. Cyber Command is responsible for protecting Department of Defense computer networks while the NSA/CSS is a Defense agency providing national foreign intelligence, combat support and U.S. national security information system protection with civilian and military personnel stationed worldwide.


Mona Chamberlin