Georgia CIO details state’s plans for its new $100 million cybersecurity center

Georgia CIO details state’s plans for its new $100 million cybersecurity center

Calvin Rhodes said the new facility will be used to train Army Cyber Command personnel and state and local IT workers trying to prevent future cyberattacks.

Three months after opening, Georgia’s new cybersecurity training and research center is already 70 percent full, and will soon be a training ground for military and civilian personnel alike, the state’s chief information officer, Calvin Rhodes, said Monday.

Additionally, the rents paid by every tenant of the Augusta facility, which will eventually span 332,000 square feet between two buildings, will be enough to cover regular upgrades of the center’s equipment.

Rhodes gave the update on the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center, the first building of which opened in July, to his fellow CIOs at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers annual conference in San Diego.

For the Army, which is gradually relocating the headquarters of its Cyber Command to nearby Fort Gordon, Rhodes said the center will play host to the unclassified training sessions for personnel who are waiting for their security clearances to be completed, a process that can often take at least six months. The National Security Agency, which has an outpost at Fort Gordon, will also have a presence at the Georgia Cyber Center. (The center’s executive director, retired Col. Eric Toler, is a former head of the Georgia Cryptologic Center, as the NSA facility is officially known.)

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