General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has joined Virginia Tech as an affiliate of the newest Security and Software Engineering Research Center, Industry and University Cooperative Research Center founded with the support of the National Science Foundation.
The S2ERC program is dedicated to software engineering with a recent focus in security. NSF awarded Virginia Tech a five year grant to support the center. Affiliate companies with S2ERC have immediate access to innovative research that is often outside areas they may normally support. The NSF program provides opportunities for universities to partner with other leading institutions to conduct relevant research, receive funding and recognition as a NSF research center with access to professional resources and guidance aimed towards enhancing global competitiveness.
“It is vital to America’s security that industry remains a prominent contributor in the education and training of our future cyber leaders,” said Lou Von Thaer, president, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. “The strides we make in cyber security benefit not only industry, but protect our national security as well. That is why we are committed to helping Virginia Tech create and sustain this center as a nexus for collaborative cyber security research.”
“Partnering with one of the leading engineering institutions in the country, we expect this center for cyber research to improve our customers’ mission capability and strengthen their defenses on the Internet,” said John Jolly, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems’ Cyber Systems division. “Joining this research initiative with Virginia Tech allows us to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the country to leverage our experience defending government networks and investigating sophisticated network breaches, to drive innovation for our customers.”