AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, a 38-year U.S. Army veteran who spent much of his career in the upper levels of military intelligence and security, will join Auburn University as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. His appointment begins Dec. 1.
A 1974 Auburn graduate, Burgess served as director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009 until July 2012, prior to his retirement from the Army in September. At Auburn he will work in coordination with the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research, providing guidance, direction and support to a broad range of interdisciplinary research initiatives.
AUBURN – The Alabama Legislature recently passed a resolution commending Auburn University for its innovation in cyber security technology, research and education.
The resolution recognizes cyber security as a rapidly expanding field that represents economic development opportunities as well as challenges posed by potential threats from electronic attacks to government, business and industry.
“The defense and homeland security communities, law enforcement, financial institutions and many others face new cyber challenges every day,” said Rodney Robertson, director of Auburn’s Huntsville Research Center. “We’re eager to help analyze and guard against threats, protect sensitive data and increase productivity.”