This weekend, I attended the historic grand opening of the Cyber Bytes Foundation’s Quantico Cyber Hub. This facility will be of great importance to the United States Marine Corps, our Commonwealth, and the future of national security in the United States.
The facility, located in Stafford, will house more than 150 employees providing a variety of contract services across 21 states, including staffing, intelligence and security support, facility management, training and education. Cyber Bytes will also offer innovative cyber education courses, and shared spaces for innovation and creation.
The facility will also serve as a resource for USMC Base Quantico as one of the foundation’s main endeavors is national security contracting.
I believe that to ensure our nation’s cyber future, we must invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for students to learn the skills necessary to enter a modern workforce or an organization like the Cyber Bytes Foundation. I have hosted several symposiums throughout our area to connect employers with students and educators to prepare them for these important technology roles and connect the employer to the potential employee directly based on their skills. I will continue to invest in STEM education to prepare area students for a role on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s workforce.
It was great to see this project reach completion, and I look forward to hearing more of Cyber Hub’s continued success for years to come.