Ossoff shows off Georgia Cyber Center to White House key adviser – WRDW

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff on Monday hosted National Cyber Director Harry Coker Jr. at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, where they met with key cybersecurity leaders.

The visit highlighted Augusta’s role in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors.

Coker, who advises the president on cybersecurity policy and strategy, visited to understand the investment being made in Augusta’s future as a national cybersecurity capital.

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Ossoff’s big message was highlighting the importance of elevating Augusta as a national cybersecurity hub.

Ossoff and Coker discussed the importance of collaboration between the federal government and cybersecurity experts here in building a strong cybersecurity workforce and protecting national security assets from cyber threats.

Ossoff outlined how he plans to make this happen.

He noted that he delivered $163 million through the bipartisan government funding package to help renovate, upgrade, and expand Fort Eisenhower’s Cyber Center of Excellence, which provides training to cyber, electronic warfare, and signal professionals in the U.S. Army.

He also pointed out that Augusta was designated as a National Workforce Hub and a National Tech Hub, highlighting the region’s vital role in cybersecurity and workforce development.

Ossoff said this means wealth creation and good-paying jobs in the CSRA.

“One out of every 20 jobs recently in the United States that was opened was in cybersecurity,” Ossoff said. “These jobs pay six figures in many cases. These are stable. long-term careers. We want folks here in Augusta to be able to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Last November, during his nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Coker committed to Ossoff to visiting Augusta once confirmed and working with him to support Augusta’s leading role in cyber.

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