Cyber Center at Fort Gordon and Augusta University Collaborate on Cyber Security


Augusta, Ga. (WJBF)- As personal and national anxieties rise over threats to cyber security, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon puts Augusta at the forefront of the fight.

“We have some really wicked problems that we have to get after,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commanding general of the Cyber Center. “And we just can’t do that all internally.”

Augusta University is jumping on board As Fort Gordon gears up to expand its cyber operations.

AU already established its own Cyber Institute last June, and today it strengthened its partnership with the the Cyber Center at Fort Gordon by singing a memorandum of understanding to work together to bolster the cyber security community.

“We’re rapidly ramping up to get the resources that we need, by that we mean the faculty, staff, the facilities, and those sorts of things to meet the educational needs that this mission at Fort Gordon is going to have,” said Dr. Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University.

The university is committed to helping service members sign up for its programs. AU also wants to offer more courses online.

“Everything from short courses that can create badges that can be stacked into a degree, to certificates that can be put together to give credit towards the degree, or to full-blown bachelors and masters degrees,” Dr. Keel said.

He also said that the benefits of its cyber initiatives will be felt in the private sector, as defense contractors are expected to flock to Augusta in the wake of the Cyber Center.

“There will be a virtual tsunami is what’s being described of cyber stuff coming into the CSRA, and we’ve got to be ready as the academic institution to provide that training and also as the academic institution to provide the research to support those companies,” Dr. Keel said.

Students are also excited about the opportunities in cyber security.

“There’s definitely a growing number of students who want to go into computers, IT and cyber,” said George Ritchie, a second year political science major at AU.

Dr. Keel said he hopes that AU will become a destination for those interested in studying cyber security.

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