New Cyber Institute Created by GRU

New Cyber Institute Created by GRU

Capitalizing on the presence of the U.S. Army Cyber Command at nearby Fort Gordon, Georgia Regents University (GRU) is launching a cyber institute to expand research opportunities and curriculum offerings in the growing field.

While GRU already has established a cybersecurity curriculum, the new institute will let the university broaden the program across the campus, said Gretchen Caughman, the Augusta, Ga., school’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

“One of the important purposes of the institute is that it’s multi-disciplinary, not focused on a single college,” she said.

Joanne Sexton, the program’s director, said being able to offer cyber instruction to students in such varied disciplines as information technology and health care is important because cybersecurity has become omnipresent in today’s world.

“Cybersecurity affects everyone,” she said. “If you’re connected to the Internet, cybersecurity is important to you.”

Cybersecurity programs will be offered by GRU’s Hull College of Business, the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

While cybersecurity instruction will be offered across the campus, the institute will be housed at a central facility, a building that currently is under design.

Caughman said the initial capital investment is expected to be roughly $2.5 million.

Georgia Regents University was formed two years ago by the consolidation of Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia.

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Author: Dave Williams