Columbus State University, in response to concerns raised by local industry, has committed itself to providing a quality education in computer and network security. As a part of this commitment, the University has created a Center for Cyber Defense Education. This center resides within the TSYS Department of Computer Science, located in the Center for Commerce and Technology on the main campus of Columbus State University.
Currently, Columbus State University offers a Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Defense. The Computer Science Department of Columbus State University has been offering the Cyber Defense track of the Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science since August 2003. The first such degree was awarded in May 2003 and there has been nearly one-hundred graduates since then.
The curriculum for this concentration was developed in cooperation with several local industries and trade groups, including Chattahoochee Valley Infragard, a chapter of the national Infragard organization. The curriculum has since been reviewed for compliance with nationally recognized standards in Cyber Defense Education and was recently determined to be compliant with NSTISSI-4011, CNSSI-4013E, and CNSSI-4014E, standards published by the Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States.
As a part of its commitment to the education of professionals in all areas of cyber defense, Columbus State University is now recognized by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Computer Science Graduate Student Trang Nguyen has been selected as one of 11 women nationally to receive the Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security partially funded by Hewlett Packard.
Academic Scholarship (from the TSYS Enhancement fund)
Devan Williams (2015-2016)
Christopher Connelly (2015-2016)
Nathaniel Gibson (2015-2016)
Daniel Rockwell (2015-2016)
Freshmen Scholarship (from the TSYS Enhancement fund)
Matthew Bowen (2015-2016)
Valencia Coleman (2015-2016)
Benjamin DeLoach (2015-2016)
Matthew Ellis (2015-2016)
Breana Ennis (2015-2016)
Gavin Kerr (2015-2016)
Parker Smith (2015-2016)
Mekaila Quarshie (2015-2016)
M. Troy Woods
M. Troy Woods is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TSYS, one of the world’s leading payments companies. He has been a catalyst in TSYS’ mission to provide seamless, secure and innovative solutions across the payments spectrum. Woods earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University, and also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the university and its River Center for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia.