Georgia serves as one of the nation’s elite cybersecurity hubs, ranking third in the nation for information security, and generating more than $4.7 billion in annual revenue. Over 115 cybersecurity firms call Georgia home, including Cybersecurity 500-ranked SecureWorks, Pindrop Security, NexDefense, Ionic Security, and Damballa. Through education and innovation happening at institutes across the state, Georgia’s cybersecurity environment helps to insure that digital records and materials remain private.
- A talent pool from nationally ranked cyber institutes, including Augusta University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University.
- Connectivity through 500,000 fiber-optic lines, including the country’s two largest fiber-optic trunk routes.
- Georgia is home to a thriving IT industry, acting as a major hub for both the FinTech and Health IT subcategories.
- Resources such as the Center of Innovation for Information Technology that help Georgia companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies.
CYBERSECURITY IN GEORGIA IS EXPANDING
- Over 10,000 computer system engineers live in Georgia, and that number continues to grow with an education network that sits in the top 10 for most “Centers of Academic Excellence”.
- Georgia ranks third in the nation for Information Security, generating more than $4.7 billion in annual revenue.
- The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, set to open in 2018, will be a $50 million state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for private and public industries through unique education, training, research, and practical applications.
- The facility will be responsible for training all 85 state departments in cybersecurity, and will also serve as a research and development hub for military, academic, and private sector collaboration.
ARMY CYBER COMMAND IN AUGUSTA
- Fort Gordon in Augusta is home to Army Cyber Command, the central post for all of the Army’s cybersecurity operations.
- 4,700 high-tech military personnel will be relocated to Fort Gordon as part of the growth within military intelligence, cyber, and the NSA, with the Army spending an estimated $2.1 billion in facility improvements by 2020.
- Army Cyber Command will employ 1,200 people by 2020, when the 324,000 square foot facility is completed.
- Phase I will be complete in 2018, and construction on Phase II is scheduled to be completed by 2020, for a total investment of $189 million.
- A virtual tour of what the facility should look like can be found here.
CYBER SECURITY AT THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
- 11 labs and centers dedicated to cybersecurity, with nearly 500 scientists, faculty and students involved with cybersecurity research.
- Research occurring across colleges and units, including: computing, engineering, public policy, professional education, the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Office of Information Technology.
- Received $83 million in cybersecurity research awards in 2016 alone.
- Home to the Advanced Technology Development Center [ATDC], the state’s technology incubator, helping organically grow companies throughout Georgia.