The Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY) program is a Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored initiative aimed at training a new generation of cyber defense professionals. While the program is tailored to augment curricula for the Armed Services and Department of Defense with academic and experiential learning in cybersecurity and electromagnetism; the program includes enrichment opportunities for all students and faculty in these fields.
The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is a member of the VICEROY consortium led by Northeastern University that is part of the Griffiss Institute national VICEROY program. The other universities in the program include Northern Arizona University, and University of South Carolina. Five other VICEROY consortia are led by Washington State University, Mississippi State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and University of Albany — SUNY.
VICEROY strives to achieve 3 key objectives:
- Provide an enhanced pipeline for future cyber leaders.
- Increase diversity in the cyber workforce.
- Stand as recognized leaders in technology areas of critical importance to the National Defense Strategy, the DoD Cyber Strategy, and the DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy