AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A cyber training deal between Cape Augusta L.L.C. and an established cyber institute could bring more jobs.
CEO James Ainslie says the area is off to a good start with Fort Gordon, Augusta Cyberworks and the Cyber Institute at Augusta University.
Just this week, Cape Augusta announced a partnership with a cyber training institute out of Baltimore, University of Maryland at Baltimore County Training, to train all levels of cyber professionals, not just the people heading to the top jobs.
"There are one million jobs currently vacant in cyber security, two million by 2019," said Ainslie.
Looking across the nation and across the state, these numbers are hard for Ainslie to ignore.
His company is currently revitalizing the old Sibley Mill into Augusta Cyberworks. By early 2017, 200 people per year are expected to be training in cyber certification on that campus.
"There's everything that is necessary to seize the opportunity - the challenge for us is to grow our student base from 20,000 people to 50,000 people," Ainslie said.
In fact, they've already started training people now.
"We need much more than just those supremely capable professional cyber is about building skills in a workforce, that the rank and file workforce, where there are people that can do the operational functions of cyber security," he said.
Ainslie said growing cyber equates with growing the human base, which will attract businesses. All this through training centers with hands on learning in secure environments - something you can't just train for on any computer or any network.
Between expanding the workforce through training, bringing in the companies, and building public private partnerships, Ainslie said cyber will thrive.
"This cyber push, the timing couldn't be any better," AU Cyber Student Matthew Atkinson.
"I'm really excited about once this becomes more of an ingrained thing in the school, it's going to become more of a factory, or a powerhouse for new talent coming through and going to the workforce," said Matthew Tennis, another cyber student.
Ainslie said even if universities could double or triple the number of students that graduate with cyber skills, it still wouldn't be enough to fill the need. With training centers here, they're hoping to fill from entry level positions all the way to the top.