Augusta University is proud to be a designated Center of Academic Excellence, specifically
in the area of Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). This designation is sponsored jointly by the
National Security Agency (NSA) and several federal agencies.
All regionally accredited two-year, four-year and graduate level institutions in the
United States are eligible to apply for a Center of Academic Excellence designation.
The goal of the CAE-CD designation is to offer programs designed to reduce vulnerability in
our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research
in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. Augusta
University's School of Computer and Cyber Sciences is in an elite class of higher
education institutions, as less than 250 universities nationwide have the Center of
Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designation! Visit the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense to learn more about the Centers of Academic Excellence designation.
The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences Center for Cybersecurity engages with a
variety of communities to carry out the mission of the School of Computer and Cyber
Sciences, to include serving as the Augusta University representative to the National
Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) program. As such, the Center
for Cybersecurity is the lead effort for Augusta University Center of Academic Excellence
designations to include our current designation as a Center of Academic Excellence
in Cyber Defense Education. The Center's vision is to attract top students to the
school’s degree programs and top research initiatives to our talented faculty.
Our program of study is our Cyber Defender Certificates program. Our certificate program is designed to prepare students for success in entry-level
technology careers. The certificate program is open to all students at Augusta University,
regardless of their program of study.
As cybersecurity students in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, you have access
to many student activities and resources. We highly encourage students to join one of our student organizations, including
the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) club and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, our honors
society chapter for computing and information disciplines.
The role of the External Advisory Board is to provide input and guidance to the Center
for Cybersecurity and the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences to achieve our center's
mission of attracting top students to our school's academic programs and research
Board members include:
Doug Burks, CEO, Security Onion Solutions
Dr. Raheem Beyah, Dean of the College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jon Dollan, Cyber Strategy Director, Savannah River Nuclear Laboratory
Phillip Greer, CEO, Real Lawyers
LTG Rhett Hernandez, Cyber Chair, Army Cyber Institute
“For our students to be part of VICEROY is a fantastic opportunity. It allows us to take them on events like the tour we just did to Fort Gordon, as well as provide them with incentives for completing coursework in cybersecurity, strategic foreign languages, data science and math foundations of cryptography,” said Michael Nowatkowski, PhD, head of the Cyber Programs of Study at SCCS.
United States servicemembers stationed at Fort Gordon and around the world will now have the opportunity to further their education at their own pace and from wherever they are located, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Augusta University and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE).
“The competition emphasizes being immersed and role-playing as a company,” said cybersecurity student and team captain Eliana Lopez. "We have to see how much data we can discover and uncover, and push our way into seeing how much we can get."
“This affirmation of our cybersecurity programs provides excellent opportunities not only internal to Augusta University, but also extends our ability to partner and collaborate with other CAE schools," said Dr. Michael Nowatkowski.