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Augusta University looks to add Cyber Institute's first Masters Program

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Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 5:35 PM EDT
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News 12 First at Five / August 8, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Cyber security is a growing field, especially in Augusta. During these back to school months, it could also mean a chance for more education in the cyber field.

The Cyber Institute at Augusta University has been around since 2012. In just about one week, Trey Mcdermott heads back to Augusta University.

"I'm a junior," said Mcdermott, "just started."

Over the last three years Mcdermott spent at the University, he said the campus has changed in more ways than one.

"I know they're adding a lot more courses in regards to different levels of cyber into the major," said Mcdermott.

Even in Augusta, there's been change with Cyber Command announcing its new headquarters at Fort Gordon. This year, Mcdermott is making a change himself.

"I actually started thinking cyber would be a new idea to go into just because it's a new possibility and everything is moving towards computers." said Mcdermott.

At Augusta University, the Cyber Institute is already booming. Joanne Sexton is the Director of Augusta University's Cyber Institute.

"We are very, very excited and ready to go," said Sexton.

This Wednesday, the Board of Regents will meet to talk about expanding that program by adding a new Masters Certificate in Information Security Management. The program would be the first of it's kind at the graduate level.

"This program is all about getting future leaders the background that they need to help those corporations and enterprises that they join to help them with this breach to repair cycle." said Sexton.

Faculty aren't the only ones excited.

"Getting into the military or just some type of big cyber field that's going to be growing in the next few years is a smart idea," said Mcdermott.

The program hopes to get students prepared in a cyber focused world.

If the University launches this new program, those classes will start in January, 2017. The University is also in the process of adding another Cyber Certificate course in Healthcare Information Security.