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Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy

The Georgia Technology Authority launched the Georgia Cybersecurity Workforce Academy in January 2017. The academy is initially providing 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 Workforce Academy courses will be offered through the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center when the facility, currently under construction in Augusta, opens in 2018.

Twelve courses were offered in 2017 as online virtual instructor-led training through the GTA Learning Center. The following courses were taught by Stanton S. Gatewood, the state's chief information security officer.

  1. Introduction and Basic Cybersecurity
  2. Information Security Officer in the Public Sector
  3. Building an Information Security Program in the Public Sector
  4. Cybersecurity Strategic Planning
  5. Cybersecurity Policy Management
  6. Cybersecurity Incident Management
  7. IT and Information Security Risk Management
  8. Security Awareness, Training, Education, and Professional Development
  9. Cybersecurity Maturity
  10. Continuity of Operations Planning/Cyber Resilience
  11. IT and Cybersecurity Leadership
  12. Capstone Project

Information about 2018 courses will be available soon.

Participation in the academy requires a year-long commitment (January to December). Please keep in mind that participants must successfully complete all courses to be eligible for state certification. Students will not be allowed to enroll in the program after the first course begins in January 2018.

Need more details?

Read our FAQs or contact GTA's Office of Information Security at GTAOIS@gta.ga.gov.