Georgia's new cybersecurity center opens

AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) - Georgia newest line of defense for cybersecurity is opening its doors Tuesday.

The Georgia Cyber Center is a $100 million investment is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity center by a state government.

The Georgia Cyber Center is a unique public-private collaboration that includes Augusta University, Augusta Technical College, the University System of Georgia's research institutions, the Technical College System of Georgia, the City of Augusta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Defense and other state, federal, and private-sector partners.

The groups will not only work together to strengthen Cyber defenses and combat the growing number and complexity of cyberattacks, but also to meet the increasing need for cybersecurity talent in the state's and the nation's workforce.

The number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide is expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021. The Georgia Cyber Center will provide workforce training through certificate programs and undergraduate- and graduate-level degrees programs.

The center will be open to students enrolled at Augusta Technical College and Augusta University.

The Hull McKnight Building, which opens Tuesday, July 10, is named for James M. Hull and William D. McKnight, Augusta businessmen and philanthropists who envisioned a Cyber facility to enrich the local workforce and support the relocation of the U.S. Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon, at Augusta.

The Georgia Cyber Center will consist of two buildings totaling 332,000 square feet. The second building, which broke ground in January, is expected to open in December 2018.

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