Augusta University


About the Cyber Institute

Cyber Science, particularly in regard to defense, is a burgeoning industry.
We need smart, motivated people to join our ranks. These professionals will not only be at the fore of an invisible battle, they’ll be defending our freedom and information. For that, they will be greatly rewarded in careers with limitless possibilities.


Widely regarded as leaders in the industry and experts within their fields, those overseeing the day to day operations and ongoing development of the Cyber Institute reflect our dedication to excellence.

The Cyber Institute Internal Advisory Committee will provide guidance to the Augusta University Cyber Institute Director on major Augusta University activities and strategic planning.

The Cyber Institute Internal Advisory Committee is composed of up to two representative of each of the Augusta University colleges and the following units: Professional and Continuing Education, Information Technology Services, Office of Faculty Development, Military and Veteran Services, Augusta University – Libraries, Government and Community Affairs, Office of Advancement, and Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives


Cyber Institute Director

Joanne Sexton has been named Director of the Cyber Institute. Sexton, a former information technology expert for the U.S. Navy, previously served as Augusta University’s director of Cyber Education Initiative


The overall CD program of study consists of the following faculty:


Assistant Professor (Full-time)

Program Director for Information Security Management


  • Behavioral Factors of Information Security
  • Mobile Device Security, Health IT Security
  • Security Policy Management


Assistant Professor (Full-time)


  • Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • Project Management Institute Certification (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Advanced Security Practitioner Certification (CASP)
  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security + and (CASP)


Assistant Professor (Full-time)


  • Cyber Conflict
  • The Influence of Cognitive Bias on Discrimination
  • Coalitional Psychology


Associate Professor (Full-time)

Program Director for Cyber Sciences

Senior Research Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, NY (Part-Time)


  • (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Response and Industrial Defense (GRID)


Assistant Professor (Full-time)


  • Project International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)
  • Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)


The Cyber Institute is proud of it’s capable and innovative partners.

An expansive reach is critical to the success of the institute’s growth, research and future endeavors and buy in from thought leaders is key. From consortiums like the Alliance for CyberSecurity Education (ACE) to Fort Gordon all the way to Greater Augusta Information Systems Security Association, the Cyber Institute’s reach is further extended by its strategic alliances.

The establishment of Fort Gordon as the U.S. Army Cyber Command has generated demand for more technology workers. To fulfill this need, ACE was developed. ACE is a consortium developed by the Aiken Technical College, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Technical College, the CSRA Alliance, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia County School System, Fort Gordon, Augusta University, and the Richmond County School System to raise the effective value of the secondary educational system’s cyber education and its integration into post-secondary education. This will increase area students’ capabilities, generate an employable workforce for the US Military as well as the defense industry, and, in turn, position the CSRA as a resource and partner with NSA-Georgia, Cyber COE and Fort Gordon in cybersecurity expertise.

Job Sector Expected Growth

  • Cyber One
  • Cyber Two
  • Cyber Three
  • Cyber Four
  • Cyber Five


The Cyber Institute provides cyber defense program guidance and oversight as well as collaboration and outreach opportunities among students, faculty, and other initiatives.

Government, the private sector, and consumers routinely rely on safe and trusted networks and information systems. Failures in these networks/systems are frequently critical disruptions and potentially threaten national security. Fundamentally addressing cybersecurity will require innovative collaboration between academia, government and the private sector.

Augusta University’s geographic position, strength of national partnerships, and commitment to research/educational programs strengthens our efforts to help create a cyber workforce.

Augusta University’s Cyber Institute will play a significant role in cybersecurity at a national level. Geographically situated at the center of key federal and infrastructure assets, such as the National Security Agency- GA (NSA), Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Cyber Center of Excellence (Cyber CoE), Army Cyber Institute (ACI), Savannah River Site National Laboratory (DOE), and Vogtle Nuclear Electric Generating Plant position Augusta University ideally for cybersecurity outreach, education, research, and workforce development. The growing technology-sector presence in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) provides remarkable opportunities as we invest in the Cyber Institute.


Interdisciplinary Approach to Cybersecurity Research and Education

Our approach to cybersecurity education, research and workforce development, focuses heavily on partnerships across academia, industry, and government to address the requirements and workforce demands through interdisciplinary solutions. We continue to work with cyber industry subject matter experts (SMEs) as well as across the University in order to provide the most relevant and current cyber content/courses in healthcare security, professional development, and STEM disciplines to establish a competent, knowledgeable and experienced cyber workforce.


To enable, support, and champion meaningful innovative inter-disciplinary models of research and education for cyber security with focus on building collaborative partnerships that impact K-12 education, academic, healthcare, government, and business communities.

Strategic Focus Areas for the Cyber Institute


to become a worldwide leader in cyber security workforce development


to focus on protection of health information and medical care devices


to enable transformative, multidisciplinary research programs

Innovation & Commercialization

to be recognized as a national cyber thought leader and enabler of cyber economic development

Strategic Alliances

to be a global leader in cybersecurity public education awareness

What We Have Achieved