Georgia’s Little Secret Cybersecurity Hub: Enter Augusta…
Augusta, Georgia – if you aren’t from there you’re thinking pine trees and backwoods, right? We’ll, after my recent visit, it’s more than dogwoods, pines and horseback riding.
Yes, it’s also the home of The Masters golf tournament, which I was lucky to attend this year and enjoy my first sugar cookie peach ice-cream sandwich, made with Georgia peaches and local dairy milk but hold on – it’s also now recognized as a cybersecurity hub and a booming cyber job industry.
A great diversity of companies are located in Augusta-Richmond County, including Textron Specialized Vehicles such as E-Z-GO, International Paper, Covidien, Kellogg’s, PCS Nitrogen, Solvay Advanced Polymers, Starbucks, Huntsman, Unisys, Elanco, Dart Container, US Battery, Automatic Data Processing, and many others.
Is Augusta Georgia’s little (but not for long) secret cybersecurity hub? And why Augusta, you ask? In a now booming metro area of 600,000 people located about 150 miles from Atlanta? The reason starts with Fort Gordon, the nearby Army post. It’s the home of the Army’s Signal Corps who today specializes in helping America’s military communicate through the latest in high technology. While the NSA’s main headquarters is Fort Meade, there’s a growing team at Fort Gordon.