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The complexity of Virginia Tech’s IT systems offers a special security challenge to those who manage them. Virginia Tech’s IT professionals are charged with helping the student population as well as the faculty and staff. IT Professions constantly need to keep current on system vulnerabilities to know how to keep system assets and data secure. more info

Vulnerability Scanning

The IT Security office offers customized vulnerability scanning for departments.  Vulnerability scans are designed to identify potential vulnerabilities and security problems with operating systems, application software, and network configurations.

Vulnerability Notification Process (PDF | 107KB)

Web Application Scanning

The Security Office provides custom scanning for web applications. A web application scan is a specific type of vulnerability scan that is designed to address common threats to web applications.

Application Reviews

The Security Office performs application security reviews for commercial and homegrown applications in use at Virginia Tech. An application security review is a process designed to identify strengths and weaknesses of applications that are involved in business processes at the university. more info

IT Security Reviews

The Virginia Tech IT Security Office conducts IT security reviews throughout the university.  Security reviews are a service offered by our office to help departments discover potential cyber problems that could result in improper data disclosures, illegal usage, and potential problems that weaken IT systems.

Awareness Training

The Virginia Tech IT Security Office provides training throughout the campus.  Training topics cover subjects from cyber security awareness issues to the latest techniques being used to compromise IT systems.


Finding and protecting sensitive data can be challenging. FIND_SSNs is a tool developed to help discover sensitive data on systems. Find_SSNs searches for U.S. social security and credit card numbers. It may help individuals and organizations find sensitive numbers in files on computers. more info

Dealing with Cybersecurity Incidents and Data Disclosures

Whenever Virginia Tech is notified of a (potential) data exposure, specific steps should take place to work with university officials to determine a course of action to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.  more info

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