Scott White Joins GW as Head of New Cybersecurity Degree Completion Program

Scott White
May 13, 2016

“We live, work, and play in cyberspace,” said Scott J. White, Ph.D., the incoming director of GW’s new cybersecurity bachelor’s degree completion program. “However, our increasing reliance on cyber technologies makes us more vulnerable to those adversaries who would attack our digital infrastructure with the intent of undermining our security and our economic prosperity.”

White, who joins GW June 1 from Drexel University, brings broad cybersecurity and national security expertise to the position.

Cyber attacks are growing and so is the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of almost 650,000 cybersecurity jobs by 2022. To keep pace with this trend, GW is ramping up program offerings to be on the cutting-edge of cybersecurity education, including the bachelor’s degree completion program in cybersecurity.

White most recently worked as the director of the Computing and Security Technology Program and associate professor of National Security at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. He is also part of Drexel University’s Cybersecurity Institute. His areas of expertise include national security, cybersecurity and infrastructure protection.

Before Drexel University he worked as the founder and director of the Institute for Homeland Security at Westfield State University, as a security and intelligence consultant for MONAD Security Audit Systems, Inc., and served as a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He has a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Bristol and an M.A. in political studies from the University of Guelph.

White will also take a leading role in the development of the GW Cyber Academy, which offers educational programs, training facilities and applied research in the field of cybersecurity.

“I look forward to being part of the new Cybersecurity Program and Cyber Academy,” said White.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Cybersecurity

The new bachelor’s program, designed for working adults with associate’s or non-technical bachelor’s degrees, prepares students for entry-level positions and advancement in the field of technology and security. The program is offered during evening and weekend hours in Ashburn, Va. For more information contact Lynn McKnight at cyber@gwu.edu.