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CyberWraith Video Game New Way to Close Cybersecurity Workforce Gap
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CyberWraith Video Game New Way to Close Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

The cybersecurity labor crunch is projected to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. Yet, possessing certifications is not enough for those on the front lines of cybersecurity. Contributing to the workforce gap is the challenge in identifying the skills and experience candidates need for these jobs. One San Antonio entrepreneur is looking to solve this problem by proposing a new, immersive video game called CyberWraith as the solution. U.S. Air Force veteran Nigel LeBlanc launched the Cyber Warrior Network (CWN) in 2015 after he realized transitioning military members needed help connecting with civilian employers looking for cyber experts. He saw the need to upend the cybersecurity applicant tracking system, which he called a “glorified keyword match between the job listing and can...
Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform
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Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform

A new approach to providing cybersecurity awareness training is launching in San Antonio. Jungle Disk announced Thursday it has added cybersecurity awareness training to its suite of services designed for small businesses.  The employee training and tools will be available to customers as a monthly subscription service, a first in the cybersecurity awareness training industry. Jungle Disk is a cybersecurity company that caters to small and midsize businesses that spun out of Rackspace in 2016 with an $11 million investment. The company has 27 employees and about 25,000 customers. Launching these training tools as a recurring Software as a Service or SaaS service works well for small business owners who usually cannot afford expensive one-time training costs or cannot staff a robus...
Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills
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Internships for High School Students Teach Valuable Skills

College students are popular sources of temporary help for local businesses. Younger high school interns may pose some challenges for employers, but with preparation, the experience can yield benefits for students and employers alike. We interviewed students from San Antonio’s International School of the Americas to ask about what they learned from their internship experiences so that students, parents, and employers alike can understand what high school seniors can learn from internships. Nathan Alejandro, an 18-year-old senior, landed an internship with Elevate Systems, a reverse mechanical engineering company. Elevate Systems president Scott Grey assigned Nathan with minor problem solving and engineering tasks. “It varied from designing mounts and container holders to help...
Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance
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Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance

Most insurance providers tend to tailor their cyber insurance policies for large-scale enterprises. Business owners usually must pay large annual premiums upfront for oftentimes confusing coverage options that lack historical data to quantify cybersecurity risks. Most policies do not cover cyber-instigated business interruption which can lead to significant losses in online revenue. If the company files a claim, the investigation can take many months during which the owner must survive financially before receiving a payout on an insurance policy. Lacking the robust reserves of larger companies, small- or medium-sized business owners may face bankruptcy in the aftermath of a cyber event. “Applying analog methods to quantify digital risk just doesn’t work—actuary tables for cyber risk...
San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’
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San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’

“Cybersecurity as an industry is still in its infancy, and San Antonio is among the elite locations poised for growth," a Deloitte report found. What are the next steps for San Antonio as the city leverages its strengths in cybersecurity? Natalie Wilson is a senior associate in the Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy Practice Group in the San Antonio office of Langley & Banack, Inc. Her colleague, Lui Chambers, recently moderated a multidisciplinary panel discussing San Antonio’s cybersecurity future. Hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth, the Oct. 30 discussion included panelists Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio CEO and president, Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk CEO, Dr. Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA, and Michael ...
San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever
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San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information. There’s no denying it—podcasts are more popular than ever. The debut of Apple’s podcast analytics earlier in 2018 has helped confirm that podcast listeners are hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences. The podcast audience has consistently grown at a rate of 10 to 20 percent annually, a trend which seems likely to continue. Startups often launch a podcast because founders can tell their story directly to listeners and it doesn’t take a significant investment to get started. Many startup founders decide to launch podcasts to share their expertise. San Antonio-based innovators in the science, cybersecurity, and tech sectors share passions on web development, cryptocurrency, bios...
Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019
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Trinity University’s Students+Startups to Expand Nationwide in 2019

One San Antonio university internship program placing students at local startups is expanding its local reach to college students nationwide. Students+Startups, run collaboratively between Trinity University, the nonprofit 80/20 Foundation, and San Antonio co-working community Geekdom announced the program's expansion Monday. The internship program is funded by a grant from the 80/20 Foundation, established by the co-founder and former Rackspace chairman Graham Weston. The 80/20 Foundation had planned on opening the application process beyond Trinity University to students at all San Antonio colleges starting in 2019, according to Weston. In its first three years, the pilot program was solely offered to Trinity University students and had experienced three years of steady growth. In 201...
Startups Share Best Practices for Hiring Interns
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Startups Share Best Practices for Hiring Interns

Memorial Day isn’t just the unofficial start of the summer season. It signals the beginning of summer internships for many college students, especially entrepreneurially minded ones. One source of interns for San Antonio companies comes from Trinity University’s Students + Startups program. Various startup companies in downtown San Antonio are in the process of onboarding 61 interns for the summer, program director Luis Martinez said. Thanks to a grant from the 80/20 Foundation and in partnership with Geekdom, a downtown co-working space, students receive a $4,000 stipend and one hour of class credit in exchange for 10 weeks of full-time experience working at a startup. Programs like Trinity’s makes using inexpensive—or unpaid interns from other sources—an attractive option for cash-...
Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword
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Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword

Jungle Disk announced Tuesday its acquisition of TeamPassword, a password manager that simplifies password management security for users of its service. Jungle Disk provides encrypted cloud backup for small businesses up to 250 employees, as well as a network firewall to protect against ransomware, malware, and denial-of-service attacks. As businesses use more cloud-based services, the number of accounts and passwords each person needs to maintain is growing. “The average TeamPassword customer has 147 passwords to manage within their business,” said Brian Sierakowski, CEO of TeamPassword. Sierakowski is planning to move to San Antonio later in 2018. The addition of TeamPassword to the Jungle Disk product portfolio provides customers a data security tool that can generate secure uniqu...