2017 was a big year for the Cyber District. So many things happened that are helping to propel this area into the cyber spotlight! Here are 8 news stories from 2017 regarding Cyber in our area.
*In no particular order
1. Augusta named 1 of 7 cities that could become the cybersecurity capital
In April, Fortune released a list of 7 cities they could see emerging as the cybersecurity capital. They called Augusta the “dark horse” but boasted about Fort Gordon & the new Cyber Innovation & Training center.
2. Fort Gordon Cyber District is officially announced (we may be biased on this one)
On August 3rd the Fort Gordon Cyber District, a 2 state, 7 county regional economic development & attraction initiative, was officially announced.
3. Gov. Nathan Deals authorizes $50 million to build the Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center
The Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center will bring together academia, private industry, and government to establish cybersecurity standards. It will also be the new home of the Augusta University Cyber Institute.
4. Gov. Deal announces additional $35 million in funding for expansion of the Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center
In November an additional $35 million in funding was announced for expansion for the Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center. This expansion will serve as an incubator hub for tech startups & as a training space.
5. Augusta University announces School of Computer & Cyber Sciences (for more information on this program visit their website.)
On June 10th AU President Dr. Brooks Keel announced AU’s 10th separate college or school. The School of Computer & Cyber Sciences began this past August.
6. Augusta University announces Masters of Art in Intelligence & Security Studies (for more information on this program visit their website.)
This new program will give students the tools they need to fight a cyberwar & combat terrorism and foreign electoral intervention through intelligence gathering & policymaking.
7. Congress adds funding for cyber, defense operations at Fort Gordon
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 was passed in May and allots nearly $1 billion for national cyber operations and a 2.1% pay increase for military personnel.
8. 2 Cyber Units are activated at Fort Gordon
In February a rare ceremony was held to activate 2 new cyber units at Fort Gordon. These activations a part of the total Army approach to cyber warfare.
This community is working so hard to put this area on the map and we are so happy we get to be a part of it! We look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store. If it’s anything like 2017 it will be a fun ride!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!