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The Atlanta U.S. Attorney General's office has formed a new Cyber Crime unit -- after two people were extradited to the U.S. and arraigned for a series of alleged phishing scams. Investigators say the suspects were named in connection with scams targeting colleges and universities across the U.S., including Georgia Tech. They're accused of stealing more than a million dollars from over 25 colleges. The new cyber unit is designed to combat hacks into private networks, malware that pulls personal financial information and logins, and illicit marketplaces on the so-called "Darknet." READ MORE

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The U.S. Army is also on the offensive when it comes to cyber security. This week they broke ground on the Georgia headquarters of army cyber command. Based at Fort Gordon, just outside of Augusta, the facility will operate the Army's cyber capability development, training and education units. According to our partners at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the project could create up to 16,000 more jobs due to an influx of advanced civil defense contractors. Fort Gordon already houses the Army's Cyber Space Operations as well as their Cyber Center for Excellence. READ MORE

Georgia Tech is getting some major funding for their cyber security research from the Department of Defense. The school has been awarded a $17.3 million dollar contract to lay the foundation for a new science around attribution or the ability to quickly and positively identify those responsible for cyber attacks. University officials say attribution can then support potential sanctions and policy decisions which may discourage attacks and create more transparency. READ MORE

And Intel has also given Georgia Tech $1.5 million dollars to create a research center focused on machine-learning cyber security. Researchers will focus on improving the analytics in malware detection and threat analysis. READ MORE

New Logo, Leadership and Headquarters for the Metro Atlanta Chamber

The Metro Atlanta Chamber will be bringing in the New Year under new leadership along with a new look and in a new building. The Chamber unveiled a new logo at their 157th annual meeting this week. The 29 feathers represents the 29 counties the chamber currently works with. This year's meeting the focused on talent acquisition and retention, inclusion, and the city's shift from being an industrial to a digital hub.

The Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, Jeff Sprecher, was also named the 2017 MAC chair-elect at the meeting. He supports the chambers' inclusion initiative, saying that major companies want to be able to recruit the best candidates from around the world, and that discrimination and legislation restricting legal immigration could make those prospects feel unwelcome. READ MORE

Deal Flow Wrap-Up

Travel platform leader, Travelport is partnering with Nomadis- which specializes in logistics workforce and travel software. They're working on new cloud-based software that integrates lodging, transport, and workforce logistics. The software would support those in the oil, gas mining and healthcare industries as well as governmental departments. READ MORE

And a Southern Company subsidiary, Southern Power has bought a controlling interest in a solar facility in Boulder, Nevada from Sunpower Corporation. Southern power's CEO, Buzz Miller says the acquisition highlights the company's drive towards buying and developing utility-scale solar access across the country. READ MORE

Software Company, Pivotal, is moving their southeast headquarters into ponce city market. According to our partners at the Atlanta business chronicle, the move is part of a broader expansion in the area. Pivotal builds mobile and web apps for fortune 500 companies and plans to hire engineers, designers, product managers and sales reps. READ MORE


Georgia has a newly formed brain trust for the states' virtual reality industry. Atlanta-based Trick 3D studios partnered with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Greenlight Insights to form Georgia VR. Grant Wainscott, the Director of Technology at the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Chad Eikhoff founder of Trick 3D sit down with Titania Jordan to talk about how the group aims to position Georgia as a leader in Virtual Reality. WATCH HERE

In this week’s Remote Access, 3Ci President Rob MacLane sits down with IHG Vice President of Global Direct Channels, Chad Westfall. WATCH HERE

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