TU's Information Security program receives high praise

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The University of Tulsa's cyber security programs received high praise during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe and Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of Central Security Service, praised The University of Tulsa, its cyber security programs, and local community support on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Inhofe (R-Okla.) expressed gratitude to Alexander for visiting The University of Tulsa last summer and commended him for his commitment in recruiting future cyber security leaders. TU teaches and trains just such experts in its Institute for Information Security and Cyber Corps programs.

"I thank General Alexander for traveling to Oklahoma to visit with students at The University of Tulsa currently enrolled in the cyber security programs," said Inhofe. "When General Alexander visited the University a few months ago, it was a unique opportunity for him to see the work being done there and for the students and faculty to interact with the nation’s top official in this field. Clearly, General Alexander was impressed by the University, the programs, the students, and the faculty. I commend TU's efforts in training the next generation of leaders who will most certainly strengthen our nation's security from this new kind of threat."

During the hearing, Alexander said: "I am really impressed with the way the American people, especially in Tulsa, have come together to help fund that university and the young folks that go there. From my perspective, one of the key things … that (TU) is doing is in the information assurance area. Coming up with better ways to defend networks. … What I found was tremendous young people doing great things. Some of whom we've hired, and we continue to hire from Tulsa and other universities throughout the country that are doing programs like that in the information assurance area."