University of North Georgia MBA Speaker Series on Cybersecurity


CUMMING, GA– March o7-2016– We constantly hear news reports of a corporation being hacked and consumer data compromised. If you haven’t been a victim of identity theft, or even had your email account hacked, it’s likely that someone close to you has been affected by a breach in cybersecurity.

What can consumers do to protect themselves? What can businesses do to protect their customers? And what can government agencies do to protect themselves and their constituents?

To get answers to these vital questions, join the Forsyth County Public Library and the University of North Georgia for Cybersecurity, a special presentation in the Cottrell MBA Speaker Series, on Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming.

Dr. Bryson Payne will lead the presentation and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and professor of computer science at the University of North Georgia. He teaches the Information Management portion of the Cottrell MBA program for second-year MBA students.

Payne has taught computer science at UNG since 1999 and served as the university’s chief information officers for six years. He was also the first department head of computer science and information systems at UNG and is the Director of the new Center for Cyber Operations Education. He has been featured in CIO Magazine, Campus Technology and The Wall Street Journal.

“There’s no one on our faculty with the specific training and experience that Dr. Payne has in this area,” says Dr. Jeremy Bennett, Director of the Cottrell MBA program.

“He lives and breathes technology and he’s excited about the ways we can use it responsibly to make our lives simpler and to make business functions more efficient. Plus, he’s so passionate about teaching, it’s just fun be in his classes.”

In addition to teaching classes on the University’s Dahlonega campus, Payne is also teaching two online courses with that contain a total of 8,425 students from 129 different countries. The courses are based on his recently published book, Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming, and his new book, Learn Java like a Kid, due out later this year, both from No Starch Press. Teach Your Kids to Code was a #1 New Release and Top 10 Best Seller in three categories on Amazon and selected as a Top Pick in Computers at Barnes & Noble nationwide.

“Cybersecurity may seem like an intimidating topic, but Dr. Payne will focus his discussion on trending topics in data security and the practical steps we can take to protect ourselves from digital threats,” said Laura Bradley, Program Manager at the library.
After a break for the summer months, the Cottrell MBA Speaker Series will resume at the Post Road Library on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation on Agile Marketing Planning from Nick Kastner, marketing manager and instructor of marketing. Dr. Wendy Walker, assistant professor of management, will wrap up the 2016 Cottrell MBA Speaker Series with a discussion on Transformational Leadership at the Post Road Library on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission to the fall Speaker Series events is also free and advance registration is already open on the library’s website.

The Cottrell MBA program recently relocated from the UNG campus on Pilgrim Mill Road to a renovated space on the fourth floor of Cumming City Hall. New MBA classes begin each fall and applications to the Cottrell MBA programs located in Cumming and Gainesville are being accepted now at

For more information on the Cottrell MBA Speaker Series or to register to attend, please visit

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