Cyber Council Returns to In-Person Meetings with Corporate and Community Speakers

The Cybersecurity Council met at the Chamber’s Northside Business Center Wednesday, August 8, for their first in-person meeting in more than a year. In an opening spotlight briefing, attendees heard from the COO of the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Ken Fowler. Fowler spoke on CyManII’s vision of the future state of cybersecurity and energy efficiency in manufacturing. Additionally, Fowler shared the organization’s five-year goals, current growth and impact, and the people behind their success who make it all possible.

The council also heard a spotlight briefing from Thomas Boodry, a representative from Congressman Tony Gonzalez’s office (TX-23), who spoke on the National Digital Reserve Corps Act being sponsored and introduced by himself and co-sponsored by Representative Robin Kelly (IL-2).

Dan Cruz, representing Cyber Texas, and Vic Malloy with UTSA called upon members to consider taking on mentorship positions with Cyber Texas and Protection our Communities respectively. Cyber Texas organizes local teams for Cyber Patriot, a national youth cyber education program whose San Antonio location has seen national success. Through this program, talented high schoolers work on cybersecurity projects under the mentorship of experienced industry leaders. The mentorship program at UTSA offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to help protect our community’s faith-based and non-profit organizations in cyberspace through a one-semester course. Mentors play a key role in guiding teams while helping non-profits secure and protect their organizations.

The Cybersecurity Council’s Talent and Workforce Focus Team plans to engage educators in a teacher-for-a-day program and in externship opportunities by the end of this year, showing teachers how they can implement STEM into their classrooms and get students excited about the world of tech. Members can offer to host local educators for on-site experiences in the dynamic field of cybersecurity through the Cybersecurity Council.

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