The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will be a state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for private and public industries through unique education, training, research, and practical applications.
It will be housed in a 150,000-square-foot facility to be built near Fort Gordon in Augusta. Fort Gordon is home to the U.S. Army Cyber Command, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, and the National Security Agency.
The center will enhance American cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors and serve as an incubator for start-up cybersecurity companies. It will also focus on research and development, tapping into the assets of Georgia's research institutions.
The Georgia Technology Authority will oversee construction and operation of the training center. The ground breaking is scheduled for spring 2017 with the opening to follow in July 2018.
Education and training
The center will provide on-site and virtual training, and include classroom space and a 320-seat auditorium.
Incubator and co-location space
The center will support cybersecurity start-ups by leasing space to private-sector partners and providing tools to help small businesses grow and compete.
Research and economic development
The center will provide space for testing new cybersecurity products. By supporting research and development of leading-edge technologies, it will enhance Georgia's ability to attract cybersecurity companies and help maintain Georgia's ranking as the top state for business in the nation.
GBI Cyber Lab
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's new Cyber Crime Unit will be headquartered at the center, thereby ensuring a closer alliance among state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies working to address cyber crime.
Cybersecurity and protection
The center will include a Sensitive Compartment Information Facility (SCIF) to meet the high-security needs of government and related contractors. It will house one of the few state-owned cyber ranges in the nation. The cyber range will ensure a safe, protected environment for training and testing skills, cyber defenses, and cyber weapons. Its capabilities will include interactive, simulated representations of networks, systems, tools, and applications.
The following are partners in the center:
- Georgia Technology Authority
- Augusta University Cyber Institute
- U.S. Army Cyber Command
- U.S. Cyber School of Excellence
- National Security Agency
- City of Augusta
- Augusta Economic Development
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
- University System of Georgia
- Technical College System of Georgia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia National Guard
- Private Sector Partners
Jones Lang LaSalle is the project manager for construction of the proposed Cyber Innovation and Training Center to be built by GTA in Augusta, Georgia.
M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. has been selected as the architect for the project. A construction/construction management firm will be selected in the coming weeks.
Firms interested in qualifying for inclusion in the bidding process were required to express their interest by February 21, 2017 for architecture and design and by February 27, 2017 for construction/ construction management. The initial procurement documents appear below.
Contact GTA for more information.