Building a Winning Environment: Set Up Your Own Virtual Cyber Lab

This seminar took place through Zoom on April 22th, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Presented by: Dr. Bryson Payne, Professor of Computer Science, Center for Cyber Operations Education, University of North Georgia



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Dr. Bryson Payne Dr. Bryson Payne is an award-winning cyber coach, author, TEDx speaker, and the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia, an NSA-DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. He is a tenured professor of computer science at UNG, where he has taught aspiring coders and cyber professionals since 1998, including coaching UNG’s #1-in-the-nation NSA Codebreaker Challenge cyber operations team two years in a row. He has been awarded the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service medal from U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Order of Thor medal from the Military Cyber Professionals Association.

Dr. Payne is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and he holds the elite SANS|GIAC GPEN, GRID, and GREM certifications. He has written over $45 Million in successful grants for workforce development, technology education, and cybersecurity, and he has trained over 60,000 students through his online courses on coding and ethical hacking, including three top-rated Udemy courses. He was also the first Department Head of Computer Science at UNG and enjoys working with K-12 schools worldwide to promote computer science and cybersecurity education.

Dr. Payne holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Campus Technology, and CIO magazine, Dr. Payne is the author of Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (2015, No Starch Press), Learn Java the Easy Way (2017, No Starch Press), and his new book Hacking for Kids will be released in late 2021.