A More Secure Future
The University of Georgia has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, an honor that underscores our growing impact on the critical field of cybersecurity.
Along with Georgia Tech, we are one of only two institutions in Georgia to hold this joint National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security designation. Several rigorous criteria must be met to be named a CAE-R institution, including a high level of research and instruction related to cybersecurity.
UGA’s designation as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research comes at a time when Georgia is cementing its role as one of the nation’s premier hubs of cybersecurity activity. The state-owned Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center is scheduled to open next year, and an expansion of the U.S. Army Cyber Command in nearby Augusta includes construction of a new, 324,000-square-foot facility and the projected employment of 1,200 people by 2020.
Here at UGA, faculty members in the Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy conduct research in network and system security, web security, security for mobile devices and the Internet of Things, and cybercrime attribution, among several other areas. Their work has been funded by agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency and National Science Foundation, as well as through industry partners such as Intel and Cisco Systems.
Increased cybersecurity research activity at UGA has been accompanied by growth in the number of students earning degrees related to cybersecurity at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This fall UGA launched its Informatics Certificate Program to prepare students across campus for a range of careers involving big data, and the department of computer science recently launched a graduate certificate program in cybersecurity.
The ICSP is affiliated with the campus-wide Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education, which serves as a hub for research, instruction and outreach related to big data. In total, we have nearly 170 faculty members whose work involves big data, cybersecurity and related fields.
The comprehensive and multidisciplinary nature of the University of Georgia’s research, instruction and outreach makes this institution uniquely positioned to enhance cybersecurity. We look forward to building on our designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research with enhanced partnerships across campus, across institutions, and with government and industry partners.