The mission of the Cyber Institute is to engage in community relations, non-credit
granting education and foster technical research efforts under the direction of the
Dean School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. The Cyber Institute’s vision is to attract
top students to the School’s degree programs and top research initiatives to our talented
The Cyber Institute 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 Cyber Institute 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 Cyber Institute is also engaged in a variety of K-12 cyber education efforts,
such as the GenCyber summer cybersecurity camp experience for high school students
and the CodeHoppers Girls Who Code Club for 6th – 12th grade girls.
The future of the computer and cybersecurity industry depends on each of you and we’re
here to help you be boundless in achieving your goals.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or questions you may have about Augusta University,
the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the Cyber Institute.
Meet Director Weldon
Steven Weldon is the Director of the Cyber Institute and faculty member of Augusta University’s
School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. Prior to joining Augusta University, Steve
served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive and an Information
Warfare Officer for over thirty years, retiring as a Captain (O6). His military assignments
included serving as the Commanding Officer of Navy Information Operation Command Colorado
and as the National Security Agency Georgia Signals Intelligence Director.
Cyber Institute at the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences
A summer residential camp open to high school students with the goal of exposing students
to potential careers in cybersecurity. The Cyber Institute has hosted camps for high
school juniors and seniors since 2015.
Girls Who Code
Founded in 2012, the mission of Girls Who Code is to close the gender gap in computing
professions. The Cyber Institute sponsors an after-school club for girls, ages 6th-12th
The Cyber Institute has partnered with Burke, Columbia and Richmond County School
Systems to provide the NetLab+ platform to students, exposing them to various information
technology disciplines including networking and cybersecurity.
The Cyber Institute is becoming a center for applied research in cybersecurity, including
our developing work in election systems security with Georgia's Secretary of State's
The Cyber Institute is dedicated to cybersecurity education, community outreach and
Expanding the Future of Cyber
Education is a key part of our mission. We support the School of Computer and Cyber
Sciences degree programs. Additionally, we provide non-credit granting education opportunities
to further industry professionals knowledge of cybersecurity.
Taking Cyber into the Community
As the area's foremost proponant of cyber, we are committed to making its importance
part of everyone's dialogue through community outreach and partnerships, including
serving as Augusta University's representative to the National Centers for Academic
Excellence in Cybersecurity Program.
An Innovation Engine
We are evolving into a research hub for all things cybersecurity, forging an atmosphere
of innovation for the future of cybersecurity. The Cyber Institute serves as the center
for all applied cybersecurity research.
Augusta University has been selected as an academic coalition partner in a new cybersecurity workforce development program with the University of West Florida. This program is supported by a $6 million grant, awarded by the National Security Agency.