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Center for Cyber Operations Education

The University of North Georgia (UNG) develops students into leaders for a diverse and global society. In support of that mission, the president has established the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG to prepare students for military and civilian careers in cybersecurity, cyber operations and cyber defense. UNG is designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). UNG is also designated as a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia, one of six federally designated Senior Military Colleges in the nation.

UNG offers one degree concentration and two minors in information assurance and security (IAS) and cybersecurity. The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) has offered the Concentration in Information Assurance and Security (IAS) as part of the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science since 2004 and serves as many as 80 students per semester in IAS courses (as of Spring 2016).

Beginning in 2013, the Department of CSIS added the Information Assurance and Security Minor, and, jointly with the Department of Criminal Justice, the Minor in Cyber Security to add value to any undergraduate major across all disciplines.

Contact Information

Dr. Bryson Payne, CISSP®, Director
Center for Cyber Operations Education
129 Barnes Hall, Dahlonega Campus

Cybersecurity Outreach

  • UNG Cyber Hawks – The UNG Cyber Hawks competition teams meet every Thursday at 5:30 pm in NOC 108. We practice for the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC), the National Cyber League (NCL), and similar cyber defense/cyber operations/cybersecurity events, and we discuss cybersecurity with guest speakers. Visitors who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity are welcome to attend.
  • Guest Lectures – Dr. Bryson Payne will be speaking on Cybersecurity as part of the Cottrell MBA Speakers Series at the Sharon Forks Public Library on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7pm. Dr. Payne is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and speaks regularly at civic organizations and K-12 schools on computer science, cybersecurity, and technology education. To request a guest lecture, email
  • Cyber Leader Development Program - Special guest lecture: "Special Warfare in Cyberspace" by Col. Pat Duggan, Special Forces (and UNG Alumnus), Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 12-1pm in the UNG Dahlonega Dining Hall Banquet Room. Free and open to the public. Online registration is required. Please click on the following link to register: Colonel Pat Duggan "Special Warfare in Cyberspace" Presentation RSVP.
Cybersecurity Links

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