San Antonio, Texas was leading in cybersecurity before the industry even had a name. Since 1948 when the U.S. Air Force established its Security Service operations in San Antonio, the region has built a collaborative environment across military, industry, and academia that sustains the nation’s leading cybersecurity hub.
The San Antonio region delivers what other communities promise: access to job ready-people and proximity to the Department of Defense (DoD). San Antonio has the largest pool of certified experts outside of D.C. and is home to U.S. Air Force Cyber HQ, NSA Texas, a massive private sector presence, and the connectivity and power infrastructure companies need. Today, San Antonio is owning its title as Cyber City.
Military units have consistently had a presence in San Antonio for 300 years—the U.S military since the 1800s. With one of the nation’s largest active and retired military populations, San Antonio has what other cities try to replicate – unparalleled access to DoD assets, innovations, and talent. San Antonio is Cyber City, but it couldn’t claim that distinction without first being Military City, U.S.A.
The Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The first-of-its-kind numbered Air Force is responsible for information warfare, encompassing intelligence gathering and analysis, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber warfare, and electronic warfare operations.
In addition, the National Security Agency (NSA) Central Security Service Texas Cryptologic Center is based in San Antonio conducting worldwide signals intelligence, cyberspace, and cybersecurity operations. The FBI Cyber Division in San Antonio addresses cyber threats allowing the FBI to stay technologically one step ahead of threats to the nation. The Cyber Division supports FBI priorities across counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and other criminal investigations when aggressive technological investigative assistance is required.
As home to several DoD assets and multiple headquarters, the private sector is well-positioned to push boundaries and elevate cybersecurity in San Antonio. Other top industries, like financial services, bioscience, and aerospace have deep roots in R&D and modernization. That opportunity for tech and cyber innovation fuels San Antonio’s 100 cyber companies and 40 headquarter operations to continue growing.
USAA, a Fortune 94 company, is a quiet giant in financial tech and cybersecurity. Headquartered in San Antonio, they have served the financial needs of military personnel and their families for nearly one hundred years. They developed the first mobile phone check deposit system and are nationally recognized for their 24/7 Cyber Threat Operations Center that can stop upwards of 20 million cyberattacks each day.
Rackspace Managed Security Services revolutionized the way to address the core challenges businesses face in keeping their cloud environments secure and compliant. Digital Defense created Frontline, a security solution aimed at the modern, constantly fluctuating, and increasingly mobile workplace. Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Solutions Operations occupies more than 15,000 sq. ft. at Port San Antonio’s Tech Port facility, a robust community of cyber companies and DoD co-located in world-class office space.
The past, present, and future of cybersecurity are in San Antonio, Texas. The region possesses the infrastructure, talent, and innovation ecosystem to help any firm grow.