Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has opened a Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Laboratory at the Georgia Cyber Center.

The new lab, in Augusta, Ga., is part of SRNL’s “hub-and-spoke” strategy intended to leverage SRNL’s primary cybersecurity laboratory at the Savannah River Site with external capabilities and institutions to maximize its cybersecurity collaboration ecosystem.

“With the Georgia Cyber Center hosting numerous government, industry, and academic institutions that SRNL has relationships with, it made perfect sense to pursue a presence there,” said SRNL Laboratory Director Dr. Vahid Majidi. “SRNL’s ability to conduct research and development in an innovative and collaborative environment with a full spectrum of partners opens up many opportunities to include cybersecurity solutions to enhance the resiliency of the national grid, training for soldiers, medical industry cybersecurity challenges, and a host of other challenges confronting our nation.”

In a press release, SRNL said the new lab will allow it to “seamlessly interact” with existing partners, including Army Cyber Command, the Defense Digital Service of the Department of Defense, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Center, Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, and Augusta Technical College.

“We are very excited to have Savannah River National Laboratory join the growing ecosystem at the Georgia Cyber Center,” said Michael Shaffer, executive vice president, Strategic Partnerships and Economic Development, Augusta University. “Working collaboratively with Savannah River National Laboratory will provide benefits that will reach across South Carolina, Georgia, and the nation.”

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