Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner were in Ashburn on Thursday, January 14, 2016, to help open the Visa Cyber Fusion Center.
The center will serve as the company’s hub for rapid threat detection, adding to “Data Center Alley’s” first-class resources to combat cyberattacks. As McAuliffe noted, Virginia was the first state in the nation to use credit cards with computer chips, which have now become mainstream.
“We’re leading by example,” he said. “We’ve been working really hard to put Virginia in the forefront of this industry.”
Visa executive Bill Sheedy praised the facility, chosen from among several possible locations around the country.
“We’re invested in ensuring consumers and merchants in Virginia and in the United States and around the world are empowered and safe and secure when they use their Visa card.” he said. “Obviously, putting our capital behind it with buildings and facilities like this are incredibly important in the manifestation of that commitment.”