The Georgia Technology Authority launched the Georgia Cybersecurity Academy in January 2017. The academy will initially provide cybersecurity awareness, training, and education to information security officers in Georgia state agencies. It is an important new component of Governor Deal's initiative for responding to the growing threats from cyber criminals, and its establishment is one of the recommendations from the Senate Study Committee on Data, Security, and Privacy. Cybersecurity Academy courses will be offered through the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center when the facility, to be located in Augusta, opens in 2018.
Nine courses are offered in 2017 as classroom instructor-led training and online as virtual instructor-led training through the GTA Learning Center. The courses are being taught by Stanton S. Gatewood, the state's chief information security officer, on the dates indicated below from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They should be taken in the order indicated. You can also read the course descriptions.
- Introduction and Basic Cybersecurity – January 24 (One day)
- Information Security Officer in the Public Sector – February 7-9 (Three days)
- Building an Information Security Program in the Public Sector – March 7-9 (Three days)
- Cybersecurity Strategic Planning – April 4-5 (Two days)
- Cybersecurity Policy Management – May 2-3 (Two days)
- IT and Information Security Risk Management – June 6-7 (Two days)
- Security Awareness, Training, Education, and Professional Development – August 8 (One day)
- Continuity of Operations Planning/Cyber Resilience – September 12-13 (Two days)
- IT and Cybersecurity Leadership – October 10-11 (Two days)
To take part in the academy, you must first complete and submit the online application. Participation requires a year-long commitment.
Following completion of the courses, participants will spend November 2017 on a capstone project designed for them to demonstrate what they learned. A certification ceremony will take place in December 2017.