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Reviewing 2019 Accomplishments and Preparing for 2020: CyberSecurity San Antonio Holds Monthly Meeting at The Neighborhood Place

In less than two months, 2020 will arrive, and the Cybersecurity Industry Council is gearing up for another busy year. Hosted by Family Service at the Neighborhood Place, the Cyber Industry Council gathered for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 6. On the agenda: 2019 accomplishments, updates from the five core focus areas, and 2020 objectives for the ecosystem.

Kicking off the meeting, Josh Inguanzo, director of The Neighborhood Place, welcomed the group and shared information about the community programs and partners housed on site. From a young fatherhood initiative to financial literacy and HeadStart classrooms, The Neighborhood Place strives to break the cycle of poverty and trauma in San Antonio.

Next, representatives from UTSA, SAWorks, and the Cyber Texas Foundation provided updates on Talent and Workforce Development initiatives.  UTSA recently hosted the Cyber Threat Defender tournament at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) located at Port San Antonio.  SAWorks previewed the November 7 IT and Cyber Job Shadow Day, where 500 students visited 16 companies to learn about education and career pathways.  The Cyber Texas Foundation announced that more than 350 teams from the San Antonio area registered for CyberPatriot – more than any other city in the nation.

Then, Amy Contreras from the City of San Antonio updated the group about recent global engagement partnerships and delegations. Fresh from a trip to Japan and South Korea, Amy explained how Passport San Antonio is the new strategy for our community and invited CyberSecurity San Antonio partners to continue to be engaged in the implementation of this plan. Key upcoming event: Keidanren Disaster Prevention and Recovery Summit on Friday, November 22 at Hilton Palacio del Rio with our Japanese partners. RSVP to Danny.khalil@sanantonio.gov .

Within military and government affairs, the community is preparing to participate in the 2019 Alamo ACE (annual chapter event) on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20. Through a Team San Antonio booth in the expo hall, and a hospitality suite on Wednesday evening, several CSSAtx partners will showcase why San Antonio is the best place to source talent, start a business, and access opportunities around the world. As the 2020 SA to DC delegation draws near, the group also discussed federal legislative priorities, including IT modernization, procurement and acquisition reform, resilience and preparedness, and proportional funding for San Antonio’s risk profile.

From the innovation and economic development core focus area, the group was briefed on the upcoming digital divide assessment survey. Visit San Antonio launched its stories project, which should include stories from leaders in the tech, innovation, and cybersecurity world. One of the ecosystem goals is to change the narrative around San Antonio, and sharing your unique stories is a critical part of our rebranding efforts.

The monthly meeting ended with an exciting tour of the Teen Tech Center located on site at The Neighborhood Place. Filled with robotics equipment, professional cameras, 3D printers, a recording studio, and much, much more, this is a special place for students to build and break anything and everything possible. More than 800 students walk through these doors every year, and the Center is looking for mentors in cyber and tech to introduce the students to new ideas, new career paths, and new educational opportunities.

Chaired by Accenture’s Jarrett Cravey, the 2019 Cyber Industry Council Chair, the Council is comprised of more than 350 members throughout the San Antonio metro area. Representing industry, academia, startups, K12 education, non-profits, and federal and military partners, this is our region’s one-stop shop for all things cyber.  To get involved, visit www.sachamber.org/cyber.

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