Augusta University

Georgia Cyber Center

The Augusta University Cyber Institute has a new home
in a world-class cyber range and training facility
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the state will invest $50 million for a world-class cyber range and training facility in Augusta. A portion of Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus will become the Georgia Cyber Center, home to a new statewide effort to develop the workforce and infrastructure needed to protect our nation from cyber threats.

What is Cyber?

Cyber refers to the inter-reliant network of information technology infrastructures, including the internet, telecommunications networks and computer systems. Cyber ranges are virtual environments used to simulate real-world cyber warfare in a safe and protected setting.

Why Augusta?

Augusta is on its way to becoming a major hub for cybersecurity in the United States, located at the center of a number of academic, governmental and corporate partnerships that are critical to enhancing the nation’s cyber security, including U.S. Army Cyber Command, the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon.

A Transformational Investment

A message from Augusta University President Brooks Keel to university and health system faculty, staff, and students.

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Goals and Strategies

The Georgia Cyber Center is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a new statewide framework for all things cyber, with one-of-a-kind training, testing and development opportunities.

Education and Training

Improve Georgia’s cybersecurity education, training and research infrastructure to enhance public and private sectors in cybersecurity preparedness, while building a world-class workforce.

Cyber Security and Protection

Increase protection and security of public resources, infrastructure and provide efficient and effective response to cyber related emergencies.

Economic Development

Heighten Georgia globally as the best place for business through innovation and collaboration with private industry in cybersecurity  

Government and Infrastructure

Deliver safe, secure and efficient government services through inter-agency cybersecurity collaboration. Build a world-class and cyber secure public infrastructure

Quotes from Leadership

The Governor’s vision for a facility which will allow the best and the brightest in academia, industry, and government to work together to address global cyber security challenges is truly transformational. Construction of a cyber-range will allow us to provide state-of-the-art training for the cyber workforce that is so desperately needed by industry and our military. I look forward to working closely with all of our partners as we do even more to turn this vision into a vibrant reality.- Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD
Georgia’s Cyber Innovation and Training Center will bring together partners from education, government, and industry in a state-of-the-art environment. Collectively, this partnership will make a real difference in cybersecurity for Georgia and for our nation. The center will foster the alignment in training and technology that we need for the future. It represents a tremendous investment in this state as we all work to strengthen cybersecurity preparedness.- Calvin Rhodes, State of Georgia Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority
The promise of digitized health data lies in improving patient outcomes, better connecting care and more closely engaging consumers with their providers, but only if we first ensure a person’s most private information is protected. Today’s announcement is an impressive and necessary investment in infrastructure that will have broad and lasting positive impacts for Cerner, our partners at Augusta University and across the broader health care industry. We look forward to collaborating closely with the university and its world-class health system to advance this initiative.- Zane Burke, Cerner President
It takes visionary public-private programs like the one created by Gov. Deal to address the cyber security challenges facing the US healthcare system. As consumers become more engaged in their health and data becomes a major source of value for precise diagnosis and personalized treatment, the importance of health data security is paramount. Philips and Augusta University have a long-term strategic partnership to address many aspects of needed healthcare innovation and working together as part of the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will foster the cross-pollination of ideas that will continue to help us secure connected health devices. This will include end-to-end encryption and the application of artificial intelligence to identify breeches, safeguarding patient data and creating best practices as we move towards continuous health.- Jeroen Tas, CEO of connected health at Philips

About the Augusta University Cyber Institute

The Augusta University Cyber Institute was established in June 2015 to enable, support and champion meaningful, innovative, interdisciplinary research and education for cybersecurity. The institute was recently recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Its work focuses on collaborative partnerships to impact K-12 and higher education, health care, government and business communities.

Recently, the university also signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation, research and outreach. For the past two summers, the university has hosted GenCyber camps for high school students and teachers. The camps were sponsored by grants from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.