Georgia innovation head touts Augusta potential

Georgia innovation head touts Augusta potential

Georgia’s head of industry innovation on Tuesday said Augusta’s nascent cybersecurity industry has potential to grow the state’s entire information technology economy.

Steve Justice, executive director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation, said the region’s growing expertise in cybersecurity could make tech Augusta’s No. 1 export.

“IT and cyber are things that touch every company,” said Justice, who was in town to meet officials at the Georgia Cyber Center on Wednesday. “I don’t care what sector you are in, you’re going to be dealing with it from now on. If you haven’t yet, guess what, you will. That puts Augusta in a really great position to be a player and a strong resource for the state.”

Justice’s agency, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is charged with promoting innovation in five key areas: aerospace, energy, IT, logistics and manufacturing.

The former head of IT security for Delta Air Lines said his goal is to increase industry connections between Augusta and the rest of the state.

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