Bryson Payne, Ph.D., GREM, GPEN, CEH, CISSP

Atlanta, GA, USA


Dr. Bryson Payne is a TEDx speaker, best-selling author of Teach Your Kids to Code and Hacking for Kids, award-winning cyber coach and online instructor with over 50,000 students in more than 160 countries, and the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia, an NSA-DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. He is a tenured professor of computer science at UNG, where he has taught aspiring coders and cyber professionals since 1998, including UNG’s #1 nationally-ranked NSA Codebreaker Challenge cyber operations team. Dr. Payne is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), SANS/GIAC GPEN and GREM, among other industry certifications. He was also the first Department Head of Computer Science at UNG and enjoys working with K-12 schools worldwide to promote computer science and cybersecurity education.