Cyber security fears spark training, hopes for lots of Georgia jobs

Even Georgia’s first lady worries about cyber attacks.

“I keep telling her that’s not going to happen; we don’t have enough money for them to fool with,” Gov. Nathan Deal quipped before cutting the ribbon on the new $100 million Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta the other day. He fished out his pocketknife when giant ceremonial scissors didn’t get the job done, after learning the project is officially the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation. The naming was a surprise for the outgoing governor, who attended with his wife, Sandra.

The center’s mission is critical, state officials say: attract high-tech employers in need of skilled workers and train private, government and military experts to thwart a range of cybersecurity risks. Last year’s Equifax breach exposed information on nearly 148 million people. A recent ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta forced court cases to be processed by

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