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Recent events have proven just how vulnerable Georgia really is to cyber attacks launched by malicious hackers. In February, an attack against the City of Savannah crippled employees of Chatham County’s Recorder’s Court, while a separate attack against the City of Hinesville took government phone systems and email offline. One month later in March, a ransomware attack brought the City of Atlanta to its knees, and is expected to cost taxpayers more than $3 million to restore and replace IT infrastructure.
Despite these glaring vulnerabilities, almost 11,000 cyber security jobs in the State of Georgia remain vacant. The reason? There aren’t enough qualified candidates with the proper training to fill the open positions.