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UNG student and professor receive top research award at Cyber Security conference

UNG professor Dr. Bryson Payne accepts best paper award with his student Andrew Miller during the annual Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice.

University of North Georgia (UNG) information systems student Andrew Miller and computer science professor Dr. Bryson Payne were presented with the Best Paper Award at the annual Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice (CCERP) at Kennesaw State University.  

As one of the oldest information security conferences in the south, CCERP allowed Miller to network with industry leaders and graduate schools so he can continue his plans to further his degree in information systems and explore careers in health information technology.

"I was honored to represent UNG at the conference. I am truly appreciative of the support UNG has provided me in this endeavor, including Dr. Payne, the honors program, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Activities (CURCA), and the UNG community as a whole," said Miller.

Miller and Payne competed against doctoral candidates and professors from across the country in a blind peer review for the Best Paper award – the paper focused on Miller’s previous work and honors thesis research in Health IT security. This specialized field of security is of growing importance, but has little in the way of field research. 

This was Miller’s first conference paper and it was published along with the other presented works by Kennesaw State University Digital Commons - a digital repository of intellectual and creative works by the university system community where research and scholarly material has been selected and deposited by individual departments and centers on campus.

Payne, director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG, worked closely with Miller as the thesis chair and editor for the CCERP submission. “We’ll be developing this paper into a larger journal publication thanks to the feedback from the conference,” he said.

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