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Students in the UGA Cyberarch program meet with Mark Lupo with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

UGA is addressing the challenges of cybersecurity for Georgia’s communities and businesses. UGA CyberArch, facilitated by the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government, helps build a broader awareness about cybersecurity threats and strengthens cyber preparation and response actions of city and county governments, K-12 school systems and rural hospitals. UGA CyberArch is expanding into the small business community through a collaboration with the UGA Small Business Development Center

UGA CyberArch is free for participating organizations, providing a total value of approximately $60,000 to $180,000 from seven teams working over a semester. 

Partner organizations remain confidential, adding another layer of security to the program.

Student Involvement

Student interns, working in teams of four, conduct a cybersecurity risk review through a series of risk review questions, then make a site visit before creating a final report that includes recommendations to enhance the organization’s cybersecurity posture.  

In addition to learning about cybersecurity best practices, UGA CyberArch interns acquire skills that may help them pursue a cybersecurity career, providing a workforce development component. 

Iyanna Yapo, a student majoring in computer science, serves as a team leader for UGA CyberArch. (photo by Shannah Montgomery)

Iyanna Yapo, a student majoring in computer science, serves as a team leader for UGA CyberArch. (photo by Shannah Montgomery)

Program History

UGA CyberArch started in the Fall of 2017 as a pilot program within the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, bringing together academic and public service faculty to develop a plan on how best to approach community cybersecurity outreach.

Student participation was added in the Spring of 2022 with eight interns. By the Fall of 2022, there were 24 interns and the program was under the UGA Institute of Government. As of the fall of 2023, the intern pool had grown to 30 interns. Interns currently come to the UGA CyberArch program from the College of Engineering, the School of Computing, the Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy and the Terry College of Business MIS program.  

Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

  • Stay Secure: Elevating Your Data Protection
    Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Navigating Secure Configurations: Shielding Software and Enterprise Assets
    Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Strategic Cyber Resilience: Secure Configurations and Log Management
    Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Uncovering Risks: The Power of Continuous Vulnerability Management
    Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Fortifying Digital Gates: Email and Browser Defense Strategies
    Wednesday, Jul 17, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Strengthening Your Digital Perimeter: Strategies Against Malware Threats
    Wednesday, Aug 21, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Unlocking Lost Data: Strategies for Successful Data Recovery
    Wednesday, Sep 18, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • The Human Firewall: Enhancing Security through Awareness Training
    Wednesday, Oct 16, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • From Crisis to Control: Optimizing Incident Response
    Wednesday, Nov 13, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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  • Closing the Cybersecurity Loop: A Comprehensive CIS Controls Overview
    Wednesday, Dec 11, 2024 | 11 a.m. - noon
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Past Webinars

  • Security Synergy: Mastering Asset Controls in Hardware and Software
    February 21, 2024 
    Our expert speakers, Joshua Franklin, Senior Security Engineer at the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and Sarah Day, Senior Cybersecurity Controls Engineer for the Center for Internet Security (CIS), break down the importance of CIS Control 1 (Inventory and Control of Enterprise Assets) and Control 2 (Inventory and Control of Software Assets). They discuss how Controls 1 and 2 provide a robust foundation for cybersecurity by establishing visibility and control over your IT assets.
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  • Decoding the CIS Controls Webinar
    January 17, 2024
    A representative from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the US Dept. of Homeland Security discussed general information regarding CIS controls and how they relate to cybersecurity and how they are used.
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  • Is Your Government Cyber Aware? Webinar

    This hourlong session highlighted the story of one local government’s encounter with hackers and offered resources and guidance should something similar happen in your community. During the session, Zach Propes, assistant county administrator in Hall County, shared lessons from surviving a cyberattack. 
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