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Chamber’s Cybersecurity Council tackles issue around San Antonio’s security workforce

The Chamber’s Cybersecurity Industry Council, the driving force behind CyberSecurity San Antonio, has launched a new task force that aims to better quantify and promote the talent transitioning out of post-secondary education providers with security skillsets.  Under the leadership of Brad Morrison, CEO, Innove, who chairs the Council this year, your Chamber has created a task force that will work with colleges, universities and training providers to quantify the throughput and skillsets that are entering our local workforce each year looking to begin, or continue, their careers in cybersecurity.

The Task Force, chaired by Bryon Mills, Director, Public Sector National Accounts, Kaplan University, will be working with the Cyber Innovation and Research Consortium to understand the various degree programs, skillsets, certifications, and experience level of students graduating from our local colleges and universities.  In addition, data will be pulled from training providers such as Codeup, Open Cloud Academy and San Antonio Coding Academy.  The purpose of the Task Force is to develop a consolidated, usable database of post-secondary educational opportunities in the San Antonio region, including a sufficient description of the organization to describe their contribution to the local workforce.  This data will support economic development efforts and connections between industry and talent to ensure companies looking to hire security professionals have the access and insight into the supply available in our region.

In addition to quantifying and sharing the available talent in San Antonio, the Task Force will work with local employers to better understand near-term hiring goals, key skills needed, and what gaps may exist in the current ecosystem for skills that are often found outside of our region.  This effort will support efforts by CyberSecurity San Antonio to more effectively engage companies already in our community as well as outside of Texas, who are looking to expand operations and hire locally.

This past week, the Chamber’s Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio, Will Garrett, was featured in a story from Texas Public Radio which interviewed various industry members to discuss the challenges with obtaining and quantifying workforce data, and connecting employers with applicable talent.  A link to that story can be found here – http://tpr.org/post/finding-data-cybersecurity-industry-still-difficult.

 

For more information on how to get plugged into CyberSecurity San Antonio and your Chamber’s Cybersecurity Industry Council, contact Will Garrett at wgarrett@sachamber.org

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