San Antonio will lead the way by promoting, enhancing and creating cybersecurity-related programs.
Grow and advance the NextGen Cybersecurity Workforce by developing and offering educational resources in concert with academia and industry – with the goal of sparking economic expansion.
San Antonio is currently #2 in the number of cybersecurity specialists – 2nd only to the National Capital Region, Washington D.C. We host approximately 1,000 IT businesses, generating an annual economic impact of approximately $12B. Our IT workforce is at least 35K strong and may double in the next five years.
We have an array of excellent academic programs in locations such as the Information Technology and Security Academy, Roosevelt High School, Holmes High School, Alamo Heights High School and Southwest High School – along with their respective feeder middle schools. In addition, we have several outstanding colleges and universities, including six which have earned designation as NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education.
There are a number of non-profit and professional organizations helping us achieve our goals, including the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Cybersecurity San Antonio, AFCEA, ISSA, SA TecoSystem, TecBloc, College Café, SASTEMIC and others.
NextGen Cyber Workforce Development
- Develop and offer cyber-based curriculums for use in elementary, middle and high schools
- Organize cyber workforce development initiatives supporting local, state, and national efforts to further develop the cyber security workforce
- Implement cyber/cyber security Program of Study (POS) for middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities
- Organize CyberPatriot efforts in each independent school district along with recognition programs for middle and high school teams competing in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot cyber defense competition
- Align mentors and conduct coach’s clinics to develop the future cyber workforce
- Design and develop training aids for coaches, mentors and students
- Lend support to the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council (TCEEDC)
- Work with state and local Economic Development Departments, to develop and execute comprehensive integrated cyber/cyber security business retention, recruitment, and development plans
- Facilitate legislation and initiatives supporting the TCEEDC, industry and academic entities
- Support state and local cyber/cyber security Economic Impact Studies
- Organize annual Texas Cybersecurity Summits and periodic cybersecurity seminars
- Conduct cyber/cyber security exercises and training events
- Finalize a Community Cyber Incident Response Plan
- Work with UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security along with other San Antonio and Texas NSA/DHS CAE/IAE officials to develop community Cyber Incident Response Plans showing community leaders how to effectively prepare and respond to a cyber incident
- Develop a consortium of public and private partnerships (ISSACs) focused on information sharing processes and capabilities of the community public safety/homeland security community