David R. Raymond has been named deputy director of Virginia Tech's Information Technology Security Lab and the IT Security Office. Prior to joining the university, Raymond served as the director of education research in the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In his new position, Raymond will work with graduate and undergraduate students conducting cyber security research, and will work with staff and faculty on a variety of projects to enhance the security of Virginia Tech's systems and networks.  

"I am delighted to have Dr. Raymond back at Virginia Tech," said Scott Midkiff. "Dave has deep technical expertise in cybersecurity as well as excellent skills and experience in research, teaching, and operations. He will be a wonderful contributor to meeting the growing challenges of security threats and to our goal of effectively integrating operations, applied research, and experiential learning in cybersecurity."

The IT Security Lab is located within the IT Security Office, giving it the ability to leverage production data from university networks for research and testing.

“This arrangement provides opportunities for lab research projects to be tested not only theoretically, through simulation and modeling, but also practically, through the use of production data and networks,” Raymond said.

With the constant threat of cyber attacks, students and faculty members must keep up to date on the latest technologies in network security. The mission of the IT Security Office is to provide tools, services, education, awareness, and guidance necessary for all community members in order to work towards a secure campus IT environment.

During his 26 years in the United States Army, Raymond earned several awards, including the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.

His most recent assignment was at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served as associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science. In addition, Raymond served as the director of education research in the Army Cyber Institute, a new research and outreach center at West Point. Raymond taught senior-level computer networking, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity courses at West Point and has spoken at several industry and academic conferences including Black Hat, RSA, Shmoocon, and the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict

Raymond earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the United States Military Academy and his master's degree in computer science from Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Written by Leah Johnson.