Information Technology / Cybersecurity
The Information Technology (IT) industry plays a major role in San Antonio. In 2014, San Antonio’s IT industry consisted of over 34,000 IT professionals and generated an economic impact of nearly $10 billion. The industry itself is both large and diverse, with over 1,000 IT companies in and around San Antonio. There are three major subsectors to San Antonio’s IT industry, including IT companies, both large, established firms and small, innovative startups producing IT products and services; IT workers at non-IT companies; and U.S. Federal Government departments and agencies.
San Antonio has one of the largest concentrations, across multiple agencies, of IT, Information Assurance (IA) and cybersecurity professionals in the nation. In fact, the 24th Air Force, the Air Force Cyber Command, and the Air Education and Personnel Command are headquartered in San Antonio. Other entities with a significant local information security missions include 25th Air Force, FBI, National Security Agency (NSA), The Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, U.S. Army North, U.S. Army South, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Navy, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally, San Antonio is home to 5 NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education that are educating the IT workforce of tomorrow. San Antonio has come to be recognized as a national leader in this vital field.
The IT products sector includes manufacturers of computer and electronic equipment and components, wholesale trade (including business-to-business electronic market), retail trade, and Internet and software publishing and employs 3,605 in the area. The services companies include providers of custom computer programming and internet services, web hosting companies, IT training, and equipment repair services. Services now provide nearly 80% of the industry’s jobs and a majority of its economic impact.
Source: San Antonio Tecosystem
Historically known as America’s home for military training and operational excellence, San Antonio has now expanded its role as a premier center for Information Technology and Cybersecurity in the U.S. Today, over forty Cybersecurity firms are headquartered in San Antonio and is one of the largest concentrations of IT, Information Assurance (IA) and cybersecurity professionals in the nation. In 2014, USCYBERCOMM announced 1,000 new jobs coming to San Antonio and in 2015 the 25th Air Force ISR was re-designated/created, as well as the U.S. Army announcing its Cyber Protection Team in San Antonio.
The state of Texas is #2 in the nation for science and technology. And according to Computerworld Magazine, San Antonio is #2 in the nation for information assurance, behind only Washington, D.C. The city’s association with the military and with scientific research has helped create a unique combination of cyber resources useful to many business operations. The recent choice of San Antonio for Air Force Cyber Command (24th Air Force) was both highly prestigious and highly publicized. The city offers the kind of network connectivity needed to support all security levels of Global Cyber Operations such as the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System and the National Security Agency Nets, DISA GIG Network (Defense Information Systems Network) and GIG-BE (Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion, which helps link major government intel community sites). San Antonio also has the # 2 concentration of data centers in the U.S. and 80-plus companies specializing in defense technology.
San Antonio’s Cybersecurity/Tech talent pipeline is fueled through its investment and commitment to education and a skilled Cybersecurity workforce. Numerous Universities and Colleges offer dedicated education and training in Information Technology and Cybersecurity, including the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Our lady of the Lake University (OLLU), St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M, University of the Incarnate Word and Alamo Colleges.
San Antonio Cyber Industry Highlights
- Nearly 900 Department of Labor-designated IT companies.
- 80+ companies in the San Antonio Defense Technology Cluster.
- 56,000+ science and technology workforce.
- 20,000 IT-related positions.
- 7,500 SCI-cleared personnel.
- Host of major nationally recognized cyber-related professional events.
- Large Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs) workforce.
Military (DoD) and Government Cyber Entities
- NSA / CSS Texas – Texas Cryptologic Center
- Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
- Air Force Electronic Warfare School
- 25th Air Force
- 688th Information Operations Wing
- 67th Cyberspace Wing
- Air Force Cryptologic Systems Group
- Air Force Research Lab
- Defense Information Systems Agency Mega Center
- Navy Information Operations Command Texas
- Joint Reserve Information Operations Center
- Joint Information Operations Warfare Command
Technology & Academia
Cyber Innovation Technology & Research Consortium
Structured in the academic realm, the consortium is a nationally designated, highly experienced group widely recognized for its accomplishments. Members include:
- University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Cyber Security (ICS)
- University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS)
- Created DARK SCREEN cybersecurity exercise (first in nation to evaluate a city’s ability to respond to a cyber-attack)
- Led cybersecurity exercises in 12 states and seven Texas communities
- SMEs for Cyber Storm exercises (local / metro area focus)
- Host annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
- Our Lady of the Lake University Center for Information Assurance Management and Leadership
- St. Mary’s University School of Law, Center for Terrorism Law
- Texas Research & Technology Park (Joint Innovation & Technology Center)
- Southwest Research Institute (Awarded 1st Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security Research & Development Program)
There are nearly 160,000 students in 15 colleges and universities in the area. Many of them with access to outstanding academic programs focused on cyber science – K thru PhD, plus professional certification tracks. Find out more about San Antonio’s future workforce in our education section.
Cybersecurity / IT companies in San Antonio MSA
Founded in 1999, Digital Defense, Inc. delivers managed security risk assessments that help organizations across the globe defend data and keep brands and reputations secure. DDI helps drive risk out with a unique combination of high automation, inclusive of leading-edge patented technology, complemented by high touch from a dedicated team of security analysts, researchers and client advocates. The comprehensive automated solution set can be augmented by penetration testing, education, and reviews of policies and procedures, thereby addressing security concerns throughout an organization. www.digitaldefense.net
Recently dNovus RDI merged with KGS, a firm that has provided high-end information technology services to U.S. federal, state, and local government clients since 1989. The company also offers applications development and business services and capabilities in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strategic analysis, network operations, information assurance and research development. KGS customers include: the Veteran’s Administration, United States Air Force’s Integrated Network Operations Security Center-East, HQ USAF, Air Force Information Warfare Center, 311th Human Systems Wing, DoD Drug Testing Program, Department of Education, Missile Defense Agency, DoD/Defense Computer Forensics Lab, US Army Information Technology Center, Air Force Research Lab, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
For 25 years, MDI Security Systems has provided dependable access control and integrated security management solutions. As a security industry pioneer and technical thought leader, MDI leads the industry in the development of market-driven, technically superior security systems that can be managed from a centralized point of control. Some of MDI’s federal clients include the FBI, CIA, Transportation Security Agency and the Smithsonian. Private-sector clients include General Dynamics, Raytheon, Boeing and Disney.
In June 2007, NCI acquired privately held Karta Technologies (Karta). NCI focuses on medical and information technology solutions, computer and web-based training, program management, and engineering and supply chain management for federal and commercial customers nationwide. They employ more than 400 dedicated experts in San Antonio.
NewTek has been a driving force in pushing the edge of video and 3D graphics technology while redefining price/performance and ease of use. NewTek, headquartered in San Antonio, is perhaps best known in the film and video industry as the company that created the desktop video market segment in 1990 with the introduction of the Amiga Video Toaster, which garnered NewTek an Emmy for Technical Achievement. In 2001, NewTek once again redefined video editing with the release of the powerful Video Toaster (2), the next-generation Video Toaster running on the Windows 2000 platform.
Fanatical Support® has made Rackspace the service leader in cloud computing. Rackspace delivers enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world. Started in 1998, the company has since grown to serve more than 180,000 customers. Rackspace integrates the industry’s best technologies for each customer’s specific need and delivers it as a service via the company’s commitment to Fanatical Support. Rackspace’s core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Email & Apps. The company offers a wide range of managed services for enterprise hosting platforms and currently hosts over half of all Fortune 100 Companies. www.rackspace.com
Securing the largest networks in the world since 1992, SecureInfo delivers product solutions that simplify and automate security compliance, vulnerability management and enterprise security operations. SecureInfo, an Inc. 500 corporation, is recognized as one of the top 10 providers of information security solutions to the federal government.
SecureLogix Corporation is a telecom security and management company providing intelligent communications products, professional services, consulting and certified product training. The company’s patented technology protects data networks and other critical enterprise infrastructure by securing telecommunications networks. The company’s flagship product, the ETM (Enterprise Telephony Management) system, hosts a suite of applications: TeleWall Telecom Firewall, TeleAudit Usage Manager and TeleView Infrastructure manager.
ThreatGuard, Inc., formed in 2002 and headquartered in San Antonio, provides security management solutions to financial, healthcare and government institutions through value added resellers and system integrators. The executive team consists of former military officers and successful entrepreneurs with more than 50 years of experience in the areas of information security, communications, and intelligence.