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SAN ANTONIO (March 13, 2015) —The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Cyber security Committee has released a local industry study designed to develop strategies that will prepare San Antonio for future and sustained economic success in the cyber security industry.
The study highlights San Antonio’s competitive advantages and proposes strategies to better leverage community assets. The study also outlines workforce needs and opportunities to build on the city’s emerging strengths in the cyber security sector.. In partnership with the local Cyber security Industry Council, the City of San Antonio provided $50,000 from the Economic Development Incentive Fund to support the execution of this study on a targeted industry.
San Antonio has gained national recognition for the community’s growing specialization in this high-tech area, building on its strengths as “Military City USA” with the presence of the 24th Air Force and 25th Air Force and NSA Texas, as well as our local research institutions and the growth of leading private industry members and local start-up efforts burgeoning from Geekdom.
“This study wraps up a year-long effort to better understand our economic development opportunities around cyber security in San Antonio,” said Cyber security Committee Chair John Dickson, Principal at Denim Group.“The study consultants told us that we have a critical mass of talent here and the right mix of government, commercial, and academic players in place. The next step is for us to focus on building the cyber security industry by adding companies, growing the companies we have, and telling the story outside our city.”
The Chamber’s Cyber security Committee has also committed to working closely with area universities on workforce issues and specifically, to provide regular updates regarding employer needs and in-demand skill sets. The active participation of industry councils is a key component of the City of San Antonio’s economic development planning, according to Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.
“Our community greatly benefits from the in-depth technical knowledge of industry council members when they come together to create practical industry development plans in partnership with the City of San Antonio,” said Mayor Taylor.
“The City of San Antonio is eager to integrate the study’s findings and strategies into the regional Strategic Plan for Economic Development currently being developed for implementation by key economic development partners,” added City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
Composed of corporate leadership from San Antonio’s top cyber security companies and supported by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Cybersecurity Committee coordinates and advocates on issues related to the emerging local business sector that protects global computer software, systems, and data from attacks. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Cybersecurity Industry Analysis was authored by the Prager Company, Schneider Consulting and Deloitte Consulting.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been propelling business success since 1894. As the largest business association in the region, the Chamber focuses on advocating on behalf of business at the local, state and federal level on pro-business legislation, collaborates with education institutions and organizations to build a stronger workforce for the future and provides a way for businesses of every size to build their network.
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