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From the Director

Steven Weldon

Steven Weldon
Cyber Institute Director

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 faculty.

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.Center of Academic Excellence program seal

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.

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GenCyber counselor with GenCyber campers working on computer
GenCyber students on track


The Cyber Institute is also evolving into the School’s hub for technical research, to include our emerging research effort into election system security in partnership with the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State.

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.

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Cyber Institute Programs


 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 grades.

Applied Research

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 office. 

Our Focus

The Cyber Institute is dedicated to cybersecurity education, community outreach and research. 

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. 




Computer and Cyber Sciences News

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