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Level Effect Debuts Cybersecurity Boot Camp Developed During Pandemic Lockdown
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Level Effect Debuts Cybersecurity Boot Camp Developed During Pandemic Lockdown

While many of us were adjusting to new routines during the early weeks of the COVID 19 pandemic, Level Effect founders Greg Ake and Robert Noeth focused on addressing the needs of job seekers interested in a cybersecurity career. Those efforts have paid off with their new cybersecurity training course that can certify students in the skills needed to be a cyber defense analyst. The cyber defense analyst training course is 13 weeks long and costs $8,000, with the first cohort starting July 6. The course content, labs, virtual machines, and networks are accessible regardless of the student's location, to accommodate those training remotely from home during the pandemic. Upon successful completion, the user is certified as a Cyber Defense Certified Professional (CDCP ), a new certificat...
Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats
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Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats

Cybercriminals always seize upon opportunities, especially as more employees are working remotely. While employees rely on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work from home, they are also susceptible to cybercriminals who exploit to gain access to your business website, network, and data. Because your employee isn't within easy reach of someone in information technology when working from home, help them protect themselves and your business from cyber threats. Prevent employees from going to a malicious site In 2019, 90% of all successful cyber attacks started with a phishing campaign. Cybercriminals will send an e-mail containing a malicious attachment or a hyperlink to a website that looks legitimate. Phishing emails try to trick the recipient into downloading the mal...
What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?
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What Does San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Need?

Many people are betting on San Antonio’s future as a city known for its innovation. Momentum is building across the Alamo City’s major technology, cybersecurity, and bioscience sectors as more entrepreneurially minded inventors and scientists launch new companies. Venture capitalists (VCs) are also looking in San Antonio for promising startups. Investors often diversify their portfolios as a cushion against market volatility. That makes San Antonio a good place to invest—we stand out as a city with unique, diverse capabilities. A big part of a VC’s due diligence is asking founders hard questions. Is an early-stage company working on a significant problem with a sizable market that can be scaled into a solid solution? Getting to the point where a founder can satisfactorily answe...
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...
What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes
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What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes

Representatives from San Antonio cybersecurity companies such as Webhead, IPSecure, and Inflow packed a standing room only room at a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce cyber networking event Thursday evening to learn about the latest cybersecurity and information technology (IT) laws and federal contracting innovation. The Chamber invited Amanda Crawford, executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) and Government Services Administration (GSA) regional administrator Robert "Bobby" Babcock to share news about the latest Texas state legislation and changes in federal government contracting. Future events will feature other state and federal experts who can help inform San Antonio's cybersecurity community about relevant developments, Chamber president and CEO Ric...
UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director
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UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) named U.S. Air Force (USAF) Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy M. Walsh as the founding director of its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) Wednesday. Walsh begins his new role at UTSA immediately. The university’s new National Security Collaboration Center will be co-located with UTSA’s School of Data Science and next to the university’s new location for its College of Business. Construction of the $33 million, 80,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin in 2020, with an anticipated opening in 2021. The new center will focus on cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing research and education to help develop the much-needed workforce for many high-technology jobs. Walsh previously led the U.S. Cyber Command, the Depart...
Exclusive Interview with Amanda Keammerer, New Cybersecurity VP at SA Chamber of Commerce
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Exclusive Interview with Amanda Keammerer, New Cybersecurity VP at SA Chamber of Commerce

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday that Amanda Keammerer, who has served in an acting role since January, has been named as the Chamber’s permanent vice president of cybersecurity and director of the Chamber’s CyberSecurity San Antonio. “Amanda joined my team less than two years ago and has since become one of the business community’s most important cybersecurity assets," stated San Antonio Chamber president and chief executive (CEO) Richard Perez in an announcement. “From strengthening relationships to increasing our region’s global name recognition, Amanda plays an important role in elevating San Antonio’s contributions to local and national security.” Keammerer is a native San Antonian who possesses a strong background in federal cybersecurity and information ...
CyberFortress Launches New Business Downtime Risk Assessment
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CyberFortress Launches New Business Downtime Risk Assessment

CyberFortress is one step closer to offering full cyber insurance services. The insurance technology startup has launched its downtime risk assessment as a free service to help e-commerce companies reduce their risks from an event that leads to downtime. CyberFortress will eventually offer cyber insurance policies designed for small- and medium-sized companies. “The main cyber threat facing e-commerce companies is downtime. A DDoS attack, ransomware, or even a service provider outage or failure can be devastating to an e-commerce company,” stated CyberFortress chief executive Huw Edwards. “If a small e-commerce company can’t collect revenue, they may not be able to make their next payroll, threatening their ability to survive.” Most insurance providers tend to tailor their cyber i...
Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses
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Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses

Joshua Lawton-Belous is the Director of Project Management at the Global Cyber Alliance and contributes today's guest post.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor and works with startups in San Antonio and across the state of Texas. The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector nonprofit organization founded by a partnership of law enforcement and research organizations to combat systemic cyber risk with solutions. GCA has debuted an online Cybersecurity Toolkit resource that includes a wealth of free and effective tools businesses can start using immediately to reduce cyber risk. Building a business is hard enough. From investors to employees to generating revenue, a founder is juggling a lot of balls in the air to create a show that no one will ever forget. B...