Cybersecurity Council Supports Local K-12 Cyber Education

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce held the monthly Cybersecurity Council meeting this week, with a focus on efforts to promote cybersecurity education in the city. The featured presenter was Josh Beck, from Northeast Independent School District who discussed NEISD’s new Institute of Cybersecurity and Innovation. Josh detailed the new facility they are converting to hose cybersecurity, robotics, and other technology courses for students. As NEISD continues to expand the center, they plan to add additional courses and increase capacity.

The Council’s spotlight briefing was shared by Bobby Blount Jr. of MITRE Corporation. The City of San Antonio’s efforts to develop a cyber workforce is being viewed as a model for other cities, states and countries. The MITRE Corporation is documenting the story of how San Antonio has used and is using innovative approaches to develop the technical human capital to support economic growth. Bobby’s research on the subject continues, and he is welcoming input from Chamber members.

The Council meeting concluded with updates from focus team co-chairs on their initial meetings and tentative plans for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. Olivia Evans, the new Assistant Vice President for Cybersecurity & Economic Development at the Chamber unveiled the new Cybersecurity SA website, which will host a number of resources for the local cybersecurity community. The next Council meeting is scheduled for August 4 at 3:00 p.m.

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