On 10 January, BAE Systems announced its intention to open an office at the newly-established Georgia Cyber Center to grow its presence.
The company values the area’s highly skilled workforce and proximity to key customers. Located on the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation in downtown Augusta, the campus is home to both commercial cyber companies and a number of cybersecurity and technology training programmes.
“We currently have more than 400 employees providing advanced analytics and information assurance mission support in the Fort Gordon/Augusta market and we are continuing to grow,” commented BAE Systems’ Intelligence Solutions Vice President & General Manager, Peder Jungck. “The Georgia Cyber Center will help us expand our footprint in the region, while providing us with a new hub to attract the next generation of cloud, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity experts our nation needs.”
The centre is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility by a state government to date, BAE Systems said. It is home to several cybersecurity certificate, undergraduate- and graduate-level programmes offered by Augusta University and Augusta Technical College. The facility also hosts the Georgia Cyber Range, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit, and a number of innovation-focused incubation and accelerator programmes offered by theClubhou.se, an Augusta technology non-profit. The diversity of the Center’s tenants reflects an unprecedented partnership among academia, state and federal government, law enforcement, the US Army and the private sector.
“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and we applaud Georgia’s commitment to attracting, training, and growing our nation’s cybersecurity workforce,” added Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems’ Integrated Defense Solutions business, Mark Keeler. “Sharing a campus with students creates tremendous opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, and internships that you will not find anywhere else.”