TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Reginald D. Hyde, former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security in the U.S. Department of Defense, has been named executive director of the Cyber Institute at The University of Alabama.
Hyde, who retired from government last year, will head the new institute which will facilitate interdisciplinary research and educational programs related to cyber security and cyber-related technologies like Big Data, Digital Forensics and Embedded Systems.
“Taking a comprehensive approach to cyber research and education is a priority for The University of Alabama, and we are very pleased to have an individual of Reg Hyde’s caliber to lead these efforts,” said Dr. Joe Benson, UA interim provost, in announcing Hyde’s appointment.
“Reg’s experience with the challenges of cyber security and related technologies will be extremely valuable as we build our programs in this area.”
“The Cyber Institute and Reg Hyde’s leadership will propel not only the University’s priorities, but our collaborative interactions across our state and nationally,” said Dr. Carl A. Pinkert, UA vice president for research.”
“I’m excited about the potential we have to integrate our cyber-related capabilities on campus toward new curriculum and research that will position the University well for the future,” said Hyde. “Cyber security problems, as well as the promise that many cyber-related technologies have to create solutions in a variety of fields, will be with us as long as we use digital technologies.
At the Department of Defense, Hyde was the civilian equivalent of a three-star general. He was responsible for a vast portfolio that included oversight and policy guidance for core areas of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (the uniformed service components and agencies that make up Military Intelligence.)
Hyde’s tenure at the Department of Defense concluded a three-decade career as a CIA operations officer. He served in four overseas assignments, including two as chief of station, the senior agency official in a country. His experience includes a number of senior positions that focused on integrating operations and technology.
Hyde was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service in 2002, where he served in a number of senior operations, management and leadership positions. While at the Department of Defense, he worked with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to help integrate and build strategic intelligence capabilities to enhance U.S. military operations at a time when the U.S. was engaged in the War on Terrorism as well as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to numerous other awards for specific achievements, Hyde was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal from CIA Director John Brennan in December 2013 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in March 2013.
Hyde earned both his bachelor’s degree in economics and his law degree from the University. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy/international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Diplomacy.
The Cyber Institute, approved by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees in April, will take an interdisciplinary approach to building both undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs focusing on the challenges presented by America’s increasing dependence on computers and cyber related technologies.
It will collaborate with the colleges of Engineering, Commerce, and Arts & Sciences, among others, as well as foster outreach and collaboration with other universities, government and the private sector. The Cyber Institute is officially partnered with the Center for Advanced Public Safety of the College of Engineering, the Chief Information Officer and the Office of Information Technology.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.