The South Coast Cyber Center launched in 2019 in response to the cybersecurity workforce shortage. Now, the center has a permanent home in Beaufort, South Carolina due to a joint plan between the city government, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) and the center itself.
The South Coast Cyber Center aims to train high school students and other interested parties looking to join the cybersecurity workforce. "We believe [the center] will be an economic driver for the city and bring more students to Beaufort,” said City Manager Bill Prokop.
Its location near a Marine Corps Air Station and the Parris Island military training facility positions the center to serve as a bridge between military service and civilian work for veterans looking to remain in security roles.
“Expanding access to education in emerging career fields is critically necessary to provide our kids and working adults the opportunity to live and thrive in our region," said Mayor Stephen Murray, who is on the board of the South Coast Cyber Center.