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Bryson Payne, Ph.D.

Title: Professor - Computer Science
Phone: 706-864-1694

Office: Barnes Hall, 129, Dahlonega


Dr. Bryson Payne is an award-winning cyber coach, author, TEDx speaker, and the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia, an NSA-DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. He is a tenured professor of computer science at UNG, where he has taught aspiring coders and cyber professionals since 1998, including coaching UNG’s #1-in-the-nation NSA Codebreaker Challenge cyber operations team. He has been awarded the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service medal from U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Order of Thor medal from the Military Cyber Professionals Association. 

Dr. Payne is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and he holds the elite SANS/GIAC GPEN, GRID, and GREM certifications. He has written over $44 Million in successful grants for workforce development, technology, and cybersecurity at UNG, and he has trained over 50,000 students through his online courses on coding and ethical hacking. He was also the first Department Head of Computer Science at UNG and enjoys working with K-12 schools worldwide to promote computer science and cybersecurity education. Featured in CIO magazine, Campus Technology, and the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Payne is the author of Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (2015, No Starch Press) and Learn Java the Easy Way (2017, No Starch Press).

Courses Taught

  • CSCI 3000: Web Programming
  • CSCI 3250: Computer Security
  • CSCI 3450: Intelligent Systems
  • CSCI 3600: Computer Graphics
  • CSCI 3660: Mobile Application Development
  • CSCI/CYBR 4250: Reverse Engineering
  • CSCI 4300: Theory of Computation
  • CSCI 4700: Human - Computer Interaction
  • CSCI 4800: Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 4950: Senior Project
  • CYBR 4950: Cyber Capstone Project
  • MGMT 6610: Information Management
  • CSCI 6010: Cybersecurity Foundations
  • CSCI 6250: Advanced Computer Security


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Georgia State University, 2004
  • M.Ed., Mathematics, University of North Georgia, 1999
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of North Georgia, 1997
  • A.A., Young Harris College, 1991



Payne, B. R. (2017). Learn Java the Easy Way. San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press (distributed by Penguin Random House). 344 pages. October 17, 2017. ISBN No. 978-1593278052. Published in English, Polish and Chinese.

Payne, B. R. (2015). Teach Your Kids to Code. San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press. 336 pages. May 1, 2015. ISBN No. 978-1593276140. Published in six languages (English, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Chinese).

Payne, B. R. (2005). Accelerating Scientific Computation in Bioinformatics by Using Graphics Processing Units as Parallel Vector Processors. (Doctoral dissertation, Georgia State University, 2005). Dissertation Abstracts International (UMI No. AAT 3170179, ISBN No. 0542060167).

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Mienie, E.L., Payne, B.R, and Regeski, B.T. (2019). Hybrid Conflict and the Impact of Private Contractors on National Security. In Private Military Security Companies’ Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy, pp. 103-121. University of North Georgia Press. ISBN 978-1940771687

Payne, B.R, Parker, V.C., and Mienie, E.L. (2018). Building a Civil-Military Framework for Cyber Deterrence. In Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in Cyber Operations, pp. 1-20. University of North Georgia Press. ISBN 978-1940771519

Payne B.R., Abegaz T.T. (2017). Securing the Internet of Things: Best Practices for Deploying IoT Devices. In El-Sheikh, Ertual, Francia, and Hernandez (Eds.) Computer and Network Security Essentials, pp. 493-506. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3319584232

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Yang, J., Chen, T., Payne, B., Guo, P., Zhang, Y. (2020). Generating Routes for Autonomous Driving in Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications. Digital Communications and Networks, (June 2020). Elsevier. ISSN 2352-8648. 

Górriz, J.M., Payne, B.R., et al. (2020) Artificial intelligence within the interplay between natural and artificial computation: Advances in data science, trends and applications, Neurocomputing, vol. 410, 2020, pp. 237-270, ISSN 0925-2312, 

Moon, T., Abegaz, T.T., Payne, B.R., Salimi, A. (2020). MalAware Defensive: A Game to Train Users to Combat Malware. Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice, 2020 (1), article 2.

Sanfilippo J., Abegaz T., Payne B., Salimi A. (2019) STRIDE-Based Threat Modeling for MySQL Databases. In: Arai K., Bhatia R., Kapoor S. (eds) Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2019. FTC 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 1070, pp. 368-378. Springer, Cham

Comiskey, S., Payne, B.R., and Parker, V.C. (2019). Legal Considerations of Cryptocurrency in Divorce, Money Laundering, and Tax Evasion, Quarterly Review of Business Disciplines, 6 (3), 255-272. ISSN 2334-0169

Mienie, E.L., Payne, B.R. (2019). The Impact of Cyber-Physical Warfare on Global Human Security. International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT) 9 (3). pp. 36-50. ISSN: 1947-3435.

Payne, B.R. (2019). Car Hacking: Accessing and exploiting the CAN bus protocol. Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice, 2019 (1), article 5, 25 pp. ISSN: 2472-2707.

Payne, B.R. (2018). The expanding role of cyber in national security, Line of Defence, 1 (8), Winter 2018, DefSec Media, Auckland, New Zealand. (ISSN 2463-5774).

Abegaz, T.T., Payne, B.R. (2018). Securing the Cyber Pipeline: Toward National Strategies for Cyber Workforce Development, Quarterly Review of Business Disciplines, 5 (1), 39-57. ISSN 2334-0169

Payne, B.R., Abegaz, T.T. (2018). GenCyberScrum: Improving Cybersecurity Education Outcomes with the Scrum Framework, Journal of Computing Science in Colleges (JCSC), 33 (4), 60-68. ISSN 1937-4771

Payne, B.R., Mazuran, L.I., and Abegaz, T.T. (2018). Voice Hacking: Using Smartphones to Spread Ransomware to Traditional PCs. Journal of Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice, 2018 (1), Article 2. (ISSN: 2472-2707). 

Yang, J., Shen, J., Guo, P., Payne, B., Wei, T. (2017). A Machine Learning Based Forwarding Algorithm over Cognitive Radios in Wireless Mesh Networks. In Xin-Lin Huang (Ed.), Machine Learning and Intelligent Communications (vol. 183, pp. 228-234). Springer International Publishing.

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