Washington, D.C. –– Today in a Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff touted Augusta’s leading role in cybersecurity technology.
He secured a commitment from a top Biden Administration nominee to work with him, the Georgia Cyber Center, and Georgia tech companies to keep growing this vital sector in the years to come.
Sen. Ossoff cited the importance of supporting businesses that foster cybersecurity innovation amid the increasing threat of cyberattacks.
He also pointed to the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta as a leader in innovation.
Reta Jo Lewis, a Georgia native and President Biden’s nominee to lead the Export-Import Bank, committed to working with Sen. Ossoff to boost Georgia’s technology exports and agreed to meet with him and the leadership at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta to see how Georgia can export more cybersecurity products from places like Augusta and Atlanta to foreign markets.
Please find a transcript of the exchange below:
SEN. OSSOFF: “Georgia is also a hub for technological innovation. We host the Georgia Cyber Center, which is a $100 million cybersecurity facility in Augusta, Georgia. We host Atlanta’s Tech Square, which is a central location for technological innovation. With the increasing threat posed by cyberattacks and ransomware and network intrusions, supporting Georgia’s businesses that produce cybersecurity products is vital. And so I’d like to ask you for a commitment to work with my office and key leaders in Georgia and to join me for a discussion with the leadership at Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta to help determine how Georgia can export more cybersecurity products from places like Augusta and Atlanta to foreign markets.”
LEWIS: “Senator, I commit to working with you and other members of this committee on those types of transformational exports issues.”