New cyber range partners with Augusta University

Published: Jan. 11, 2017 at 6:28 PM EST
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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Governor Nathan Deal announced a new cyber training center coming to Augusta.

They are partnering with Augusta University and have plans to break ground this Spring.

The university will be home of the $50 million cyber range. It's costing a big chunk of the governor's budget, but Augusta University Provost, Gretchen Caughman, said the new facility is a big deal for the entire state.

"It's going to be so important for all of us, for Augusta University, for the area, for the CSRA, and honestly for all of Georgia clearly," Caughman said.

The university's Cyber Institute is going to be in the new Cyber Innovation and Training Center.

It will combine the private business, government and course of education, which will have student's working with professionals.

"We're going to be building internships and partnerships that are really going to be great because they're really going to be rubbing elbows with the people who are doing this professionally," Caughman said.

The school really got involved with the growing cyber hub happening in Augusta in 2015 when the school started its Cyber Institute.

"We knew we had a really great position in terms of the NSA Georgia and the movement of the Army Cyber Command and we wanted to make the most of that," Caughman said.

Cyber students at Augusta University like Matt Tennis also look forward to the new facility.

"Having the facility for people to learn and actually practice these skills is really groundbreaking for people who want to go into this industry," Tennis said.

The location of the cyber range is an added bonus and will put not only Augusta, but the university on the map in a big way.

"Everyone knows now, this is happening right here in our backyard, and everyone knows in the nation and abroad," Tennis said.