James Smith

Assistant Professor

James Smith

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

School of Computer and Cyber Sciences
Department of Computer & Cyber Sciences

The Graduate School


Dr. James N. Smith, DBA, MBA, CISSP is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University. Prior to transitioning to academia, Dr. Smith spent his career bridging the corporate and academic worlds. For almost 20 years, he served in a variety of positions, both in private industry and as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Army, culminating as corporate Director of Information Technology. In addition to his industry experience he taught various security and networking courses first at Georgia Southern University and later at Mercer University prior to completing his doctorate at Kennesaw State University. His research interests focus, at the macro level, on how organizational and public policy affect change in the cybersecurity environment and, on the individual level, on how emerging neuro information systems methods can be applied to the security field. Dr. Smith also serves in various corporate and not for profit board capacities.

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  • DBA, Management Information Systems, General Kennesaw State University, 2016

  • MBA, Business Administration Mercer University, 2004

  • BBA, Management Information Systems, General Georgia Southern University, 1998


  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS) CompTIA, 2018

  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (CSIS) CompTIA, 2018

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner+ (CASP+) CompTIA, 2012

  • A+ CompTIA, 2010

  • Network+ CompTIA, 2010

  • SAP Certified Business Associate with SAP ERP 6.0 (TERP10) SAP America, 2010

  • Security+ CompTIA, 2010

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) ISC2, 2007

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Microsoft, 1999

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator (MCITP) Microsoft, 2012

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator (MCITP) Microsoft, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Beta Gama Sigma Honors Society Kennesaw State University, 2016

  • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium Association for Information Systems, 2015

  • Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) Doctoral Consortium Association for Information Systems, 2014

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • AIST 6910

    Investigating Info Security
  • AIST 6359

    Legal Issues in Info Security
  • CYBR 2600

    Networking & Cyber Security
  • AIST 3610

    System Analysis & Design
  • AIST 6363

    Cloud Computing Security
  • AIST 4950

    Info Technology Special Topics: Cloud Security


Selected Recent Publications

  • Management and Organizational Influences on Non-Malicious Information Exposure Through Personal Device Usage of U.S. Intelligence Community Analysts Conducting Open Source Research, 2018
    Conference Proceeding
  • SNS Use, Risk, and Executive Behavior, 2018
    Conference Proceeding
  • Expert assessment of organizational cybersecurity programs and development of vignettes to measure cybersecurity countermeasures awareness, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

College Service

  • Graduate Curriculum Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Graduate School Curriculum Subcommittee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Americas Conference on Information Systems 2019 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Conference Paper
  • Conference of the Southern Association for Information Systems 2019 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Conference Paper
  • European Journal of Information Systems 2019 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Government Information Quarterly 2019 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Information & Management 2019 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article