Deal announces $35 million for cybersecurity center expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced $35 million in funding for
an expansion of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center
in Augusta. The second facility will serve as an incubator hub for technology
startups as well as a training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives
and workforce development programs.

Hull McKnight Cyber Hub will develop its second phase by early 2018 (Augusta Chronicle)

Hull McKnight Cyber Hub will develop its second phase by December 2018 (Augusta Chronicle)

 “Earlier this year, I announced $58 million for the creation
of a world-class cybersecurity center in Augusta,” said Deal. “Given Georgia’s
growing status as a technology and innovation hub, this additional investment
will further cement our reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley of the South.’ When
complete, the center will house a cyber range, the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation’s new cybercrime unit and an incubator for startup cybersecurity
companies.

 “The protection of Georgia’s citizens, businesses and
institutions within the digital realm remains a paramount concern, and the
demand for cybersecurity talent continues to exceed supply. This facility will
encourage world-class collaboration between industry leaders, startup
companies, academic institutions and government in the field of cybersecurity,
and provide space for private sector entities to leverage the center’s
strategic resources.

 “Cybersecurity technology is changing at a disruptive speed
and today, that rate of change is likely the slowest it will be in our
lifetime. This visionary approach to cybersecurity underscores our commitment
to encouraging innovation and developing a deep talent pool ready to establish
Georgia as the safest state in the nation for today’s leaders in technology.”

 Construction of the 165,000-square-foot facility will begin
immediately. Upon completion, the space will allow technology companies to
establish fellowships, internships and co-op program opportunities for students
and employees. It will also serve as a training facility for information
security professionals employed by state and local governments.

 The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is overseeing
construction and operation of the cybersecurity center facilities. GTA partners
include the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, the Georgia
National Guard, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the City of Augusta, the
University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, local
school systems and private corporations.

 The first phase of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber
Innovation and Training Center is scheduled to open on July 10, 2018, and the
second building is planned for completion in December 2018.

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