A key to building a thriving ecosystem is to have government, academia and industry working closely together, said Michael Shaffer, who helps run the Georgia Cyber Center as Augusta University’s executive vice president of strategic partnerships and economic development.

Already home to an NSA crypto center, Augusta got another boost in 2013 when the Army announced it would stand up its cyber command in Augusta. The challenge, he said, is that the community needed to get ready to host and train thousands of additional skilled cyber workers.

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