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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 Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center when the facility, to be located in Augusta, opens in 2018.

Twelve courses are offered in 2017 as online 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. You can also read the course descriptions.

  1. Introduction and Basic Cybersecurity – January 24 (One day)
  2. Information Security Officer in the Public Sector – February 7-8 (Two days)
  3. Building an Information Security Program in the Public Sector – March 7-8 (Two days)
  4. Cybersecurity Strategic Planning – April 4-5 (Two days)
  5. Cybersecurity Policy Management – May 2 (One day)
  6. Cybersecurity Incident Management – June 20 (One day)
  7. IT and Information Security Risk Management – July 11-12 (Two days)
  8. Security Awareness, Training, Education, and Professional Development – August 8 (One day)
  9. Cybersecurity Maturity – August 22 (One day)
  10. Continuity of Operations Planning/Cyber Resilience – September 12-13 (Two days)
  11. IT and Cybersecurity Leadership – October 10-11 (Two days)
  12. Capstone – November

Enrollment is closed for 2017 courses, but on online application for 2018 courses will be available beginning in November. Participation requires a year-long commitment (January to December). Please keep in mind that participants must successfully complete all 12 courses to be eligible for state certification. Students will not be allowed to enroll in the program after the first course begins in January.

Need more details?

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