On Tuesday, the Georgia Cyber Center officially opens.
The Augusta facility is intended to train people for computer-related security jobs. It will also serve as the headquarters for the GBI’s high-tech crime investigations, and it’s near Fort Gordon, which is a headquarters for the Army’s cyber unit.
“It’s exciting for the GBI,” said Steven Foster, special agent in charge at the GBI’s Cyber-Crime Unit.
The GBI is adding more forensics staff in its cyber unit, both to investigate cybercrimes like banking scams, and also to use high tech tools like cell phone records to work on other types of cases.
Foster said he believes the GBI will be able to help other organizations at the Cyber Center, for instance by suggesting security issues for them to research, and will also benefit from them.
Officials say the Cyber Center, located on Augusta University’s campus will also be a hub for research and for start-ups, and a resource for businesses.