Bryson Payne

Certified Ethical Hacker, coach to the US Cyber Team

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Dr. Bryson Payne is the head cyber coach of two-time #1 NSA Codebreaker Challenge winning UNG CyberHawks, coach to the US Cyber Team 2021-2023, successful grant writer of more than $50 million in funded projects, innovative international instructor with over 70,000 online students in 180 countries, author published in seven languages, TEDx speaker.

He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and he holds the elite SANS|GIAC GPEN, Industrial Defense (GRID), and Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) cybersecurity certifications - and the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • 2022 INSA Achievement Award for significant contributions to US intelligence and national security, Intelligence and National Security Alliance, January 2022.
  • 2021 Academic Instructor of the Year award from cybersecurity industry association EC-Council, December 2021.
  • The Military Order of Thor medal for exceptional contributions to the US military cyber community, nominated by LTG Burke Garrett, Military Cyber Professionals Association, February 2020.
  • NSA Codebreaker Challenge Medallion from NSA Director GEN Paul Nakasone, as coach & faculty sponsor, #1 Nationally Ranked UNG CyberHawks in NSA Codebreaker Challenge, September 20, 2019-January 10, 2020.
  • Recognized as Top 10% Most Engaging Instructor on Udemy for 2018, December 31, 2018.

Dr. Payne is the author of Go Hack Yourself (2022), Learn Java the Easy Way (2017), and Teach Your Kids to Code (2015), all published by No Starch Press. He coached the #1-in-the-nation 2019 & 2020 NSA Codebreaker Challenge cyber teams and was a reverse engineering coach for the 2021-2023 US Cyber Teams.

In addition to his love for technology, Dr. Payne speaks Spanish, French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Payne and his family live north of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Go H*ck Yourself

An Ethical Approach to Cyber Attacks & Defense

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Learn from award-winning cybersecurity coach in this hands-on virtual course introducing you to the world of hacking. As you perform common attacks against yourself, you\'ll be shocked by how easy they are to carry out... and you\'ll realize just how vulnerable most people really are.

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7 Modules 37 Lessons

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Bryson Payne delivers an excellent guide for anyone wishing to learn about offensive information security in Go H*ck Yourself.

It is perfect for aspiring penetration testers, security analysts who want more insight into how hackers approach a target, or individuals who want to better protect themselves online. Its practical, hands-on approach provides opportunities for readers to try out real hacking techniques in a safe, legal way. I'll be recommending it to my mentees.

Matt Burrough, Principal Penetration Testing Team Manager - Microsoft