Cyber Industry Council Hosts First Monthly Meeting of the Year at St. Mary’s University

More than 60 cybersecurity professionals and stakeholders convened for the first Cyber Industry Council / CyberSecurity San Antonio meeting of the year.  Hosted by St. Mary’s University, the community welcomed Ernesto Ballesteros as its keynote speaker.

As the new State Cybersecurity Coordinator for Texas, Ballesteros provided information on his role within the Department of Information Resources (DIR) in Austin, the Texas Cyber Council, legislation proposed around his role, and the state’s cybersecurity efforts.

Dr. Winston Erevelles, Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University, welcomed the group, and provided insight into the school’s plans for the coming year.  Dr. Ayad Barsoum, Associate Professor of Computer Science, shared an in-depth look at St. Mary’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and encouraged industry partners to connect with students for research projects and internships.

The meeting wrapped up with a spirited discussion around the Brookings global engagement strategy with target metro areas across the world.  Led by Sarah Sanchez from the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) and Amy Contreras from the City of San Antonio (COSA), the group’s feedback directly impacts the region’s direction as it seeks to increase foreign direct investment and exports in the cybersecurity sector.

Housed in the Chamber, CyberSecurity San Antonio is the lead convener and brand manager for the region’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

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