Gov. Nathan Deal to visit Fort Gordon after new cyber facility announcement

Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Georgia).
Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Georgia).(KCRG)
Published: Jan. 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM EST
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Monday, Jan. 23, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is schedule to visit Fort Gordon after announcing new cyber training facility in Augusta.

According to a news release, Gov. Nathan Deal along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge, District 7) are expected to visit the Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon.

The visit comes after Gov. Deal's announcement that the state will be building the Georgia Cyber Training and Innovation Center in Augusta to help address not only protection of the state from cyber threats, but also the growing workforce needed in cyber, according to the release.

A media conference will follow at the end of their visit. That's scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 3:50 p.m.

Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Governor Nathan Deal is announcing a major development for cyber training in Augusta.

The Georgia Cyber Innovation And Training Center will be built at the former Augusta Golf And Gardens property according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The newspaper says Governor Deal’s office envisions a public-private partnership with professors, private industry and government work to develop new cyber security standards.

"This will be a state-owned facility designed to promote modernization in cybersecurity technology for both private and public industries, Deal said.

"In conjunction with the Department of Defense and NSA, this invaluable resource will put Georgia at the pinnacle of efforts to enhance American cybersecurity in the public and private arenas."

Governor Deal went on to say "the reality is cybersecurity is important because cybercrime is now bigger than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined. It speaks volumes that Georgia will be home to this center of innovation and cyber defense. This will be yet another star in our expanding constellation of excellence," Deal said.

The state-owned facility will offer job training for public and private cyber industries.