About the Cyber Center

Architectural rendering of the Cyber Center's main entrance.
Architectural rendering of the Cyber Center's main entrance. The Cyber Center is located on the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation. Governor Deal envisioned the Cyber Center and the role of Augusta and the state in cybersecurity.

The state of Georgia strengthened its position as a national leader in cybersecurity when it broke ground June 19, 2017, on the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta.

Costing $100 million and boasting 332,000 square feet in two adjacent buildings, the center is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility in the nation to date. It represents a unique public/private partnership that includes Augusta University, Augusta Technical College, the University System of Georgia’s research institutions, the City of Augusta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Defense, and other state, federal, and private-sector partners working together to meet workforce demand.

The center will help fill the current and growing shortage of cybersecurity talent in the state and nation. The global cybersecurity labor shortage is predicted to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021, up from one million openings in 2016. The U.S. alone is on pace to hit a half-million or more unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021. (Source: Cybersecurity Ventures report, June 2017)

The center is an important and prominent addition to the Riverfront Campus of Augusta University, which is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. It will house the university’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and Cyber Institute. The center is also part of the growing cybersecurity corridor in Augusta, which is home to the U.S. Army Cyber Command and the Cyber School of Excellence at Fort Gordon.

The first of the two buildings – the Hull McKnight Building – and the 340-seat auditorium opened July 10, 2018. The building is named in honor of two of Augusta’s most prominent business and community leaders. Mr. James M. Hull and Mr. William D. McKnight and their families are widely admired for their business successes as well as their long-standing civic involvement and philanthropic activities.

Governor Nathan Deal announced the second building November 27, 2017, and the official groundbreaking took place January 3, 2018. It will be named the Shaffer MacCartney Building in honor of Michael Shaffer and Teresa MacCartney. Mr. Shaffer is executive vice president of strategic partnerships and economic development for Augusta University, and Ms. MacCartney is director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Both have had central roles in establishing the Cyber Center. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The Georgia Technology Authority is overseeing construction and partner coordination of the Cyber Center.

Take a Look

View our daily construction photos and a time-lapse video of progress to date.

You can also view aerial photos and photos from the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Hull McKnight Building and the Shaffer-MacCartney Building.

GTA hosted a one-hour webinar about the Cyber Center on May 11, 2017. The webinar explored Governor Nathan Deal’s vision for the center and focused on how local governments will benefit from the center through training and workforce development, better protections for information systems and citizen data, and collaboration with the state’s cybercrime unit.