Education and Training

An architectural rendering of one of the Cyber Center's open areas for collaboration.
Open areas promote collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

The Cyber Center offers several options for those seeking educational opportunities in the cybersecurity field.

In partnership with Augusta University and Augusta Technical College, the center is linked to certificate programs as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in cybersecurity and cyber sciences. Offerings include both on-site and virtual courses. In addition, the Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy offers training for state and local government information security professionals.

Augusta University’s Cyber Institute and School of Computer and Cyber Sciences

The Cyber Center is aligned with Augusta University’s Cyber Institute and School of Computer and Cyber Sciences in order to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The Institute is already recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of the Homeland Security. The center collaborates with Augusta University to offer one-of-a-kind training, testing and development opportunities to Augusta University Computer and Cyber Sciences students.

Augusta Technical College Cybersecurity Programs

The Cybersecurity Associate Degree prepares students for the cybersecurity workforce by offering a planned sequence of courses in computer hardware, computer software, operating systems, networking, network security, cyber defense and countermeasures, penetration testing/ethical hacking, digital forensics, and security policies and procedures. The Augusta Tech Cyber Institute offers numerous other cyber-related programs as well. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Augusta Technical College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y). Augusta Technical College is the first two-year Technical College System of Georgia institution to hold the CAE2Y designation.  The Augusta Technical College Cisco Academy was recently recognized for 20 years of active participation and service in the Cisco Networking Academy program. 

Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy

Registration is now open for courses through the Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy for FY 2019, and information is available on the Georgia Technology Authority website. GTA launched the Academy in January 2017, and it is initially providing cybersecurity awareness, training and education to information security officers in Georgia state agencies. Beginning in CY 2019, courses will also be open to local governments in Georgia. The Academy is an important new component of Governor Nathan Deal’s initiative for responding to the growing threats from cyber criminals, and its establishment is one of the recommendations from the Senate Study Committee on Data, Security, and Privacy.