January 11, 2017 10:34 AM
Georgia is already home to the US Army’s Cyber Command Center which is aimed to centralize the Army’s cyber operations, training, and education. It is expected that Governor Nathan Deal will reveal plans of a state-owned cyberwarfare facility in today’s State of the State address.
From the AJC:
The governor’s office said the center will be able to collaborate with about seven different universities and private industries to provide training on the latest computer skills and techniques. It would research information security advances and house an incubator hub for cybersecurity startup companies to spawn new industries.
It is modeled in part after another state-owned facility for industry training. The Georgia Film Academy opened last year on a bustling Pinewood Studios campus in Fayette County, complete with a teaching soundstage on site. Hundreds of students are to be trained to work in the state’s booming movie industry.
The site is expected to be near Fort Gordon in Augusta and built on land that was initially slated for a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
This is a big deal for Georgia, and the facility will produce people to fill highly-skilled, highly technical jobs (and the higher paying salaries to go along with them) as military contractors or within private industry. Courses to be offered by the facility include disaster recovery workshops, cloud security training, and cyber analysis certification according to the AJC.