San Antonio will lead the way in cyber security.  We will steer academic, business, and government entities to develop, promote and enhance cyber and cyber security programs and capabilities.

San Antonio is already #2 in cyber security, 2nd only to the National Capitol Region.  We host approximately 1,000 IT business, 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 excellent academic programs including the Alamo Academy’s Information Technology and Security Academy, Holmes High School, Southwest High School and their feeder middle schools.  We have several outstanding colleges and universities, including five 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 which can help achieve our goals, including the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, AFCEA, ISSA, SA TecoSystem, TecBloc, Café Commerce, College Café, SASTEMIC and others.

Goals

Cyber Workforce Development:

Improve the brand of, expand and extend cyber curriculum/academic programs in Texas.

Develop and offer cyber-based curriculum for city-wide use in middle and high schools

  • Organize cyber workforce development initiatives supporting local, state and national efforts to develop a cyber security workforce
  • Implement cyber/cyber security Program of Study (POS) for middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities
  • Organize CyberPatriot efforts in each ISD and recognition programs for middle and high school teams competing in the Air Force Association CyberPatriot cyber defense competition
    • Align mentors and conduct coach’s clinics to develop the future cyber workforce
    • Design and develop training aids for coaches and students

Economic Development:

Retain, recruit, and grow cyber businesses in Texas.

  • 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

Preparedness:

Increase community cyber awareness and preparedness.

  • Conduct cyber/cyber security exercises and training events
  • Finalize a Community Cyber Incident Response Plan
  • Work with UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and other San Antonio and Texas NSA/DHS CAE/IAE officials to develop, test, and exercise community Cyber Incident Response Plans to help prepare community leaders to effectively prepare for, manage 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