There’s no doubt the information security industry is strengthening the regional economy, infusing techie trendiness into the Southern culture and making downtown Augusta a hipper place work.

But can it transform the Savannah River region into cyber’s “Silicon Valley”?

Augusta’s inclusion last year in a Fortune magazine story as a “dark horse” in the running for “World Cybersecurity Capital” was based largely on the Pentagon’s ongoing relocation of Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon and Georgia’s then-$60 million (now $100 million) investment in a multi-use cyber facility at Augusta University’s Riverfront Campus.

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