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Georgia Cyber Center names new director in former NSA commander

Its new executive director comes directly from a career spanning nearly three decades in cyberdefense and national intelligence.

The Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta announced their new executive director to lead the office in Augusta.

U.S. Army Col. Eric Toler has been named to lead the Georgia Cyber Center executive, according to a Friday press release.

Toler used to be a commander of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Georgia and brings a significant background to cybersecurity and national intelligence experience. Toler will start his position on October 1.

Picture credit – U.S. Army Col. Eric Toler

The Georgia Cyber Center received $100 million of investments from the state and other partners in an effort to scale up training efforts for skilled workers and strengthen cyber safety measures for public, private, and academic sectors.

“I have had the privilege of serving alongside Col. Eric Toler at several points during his impressive career with the U.S. Army and the National Security Agency. His contributions to both organizations have been impactful and helped shape the future of intelligence on the modern battlefield,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and former commander of the NSA-Georgia and Cyber Center of Excellence, said in the press release.

Before accepting the Georgia position, Toler, an Arkansas native, served more than 27 years in leadership and intelligence background in national security space, which includes commanding the Army’s first Network Warfare Battalion. Toler also has experience with developing policies associated with the Department of Defense’s cyberspace operations.

“I am most excited about the responsibility to foster collaboration between government, academia and private industry, which is essential for our national security. I’m equally excited about the opportunity to work with students and help develop some of the world’s most capable cybersecurity professionals, as well as helping improve the Augusta community and the state of Georgia.” Toler said in the release.
Toler’s official Army retirement ceremony was held at Fort Gordon near Augusta on Sept. 21.



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