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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...
Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio
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Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio

Lockheed Martin has opened its development center in Port San Antonio's new cybersecurity-centric building known as Project Tech. The largest U.S. defense contractor is leasing 15,000 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot cybersecurity-focused facility located on the Port’s campus across the street from the 24th Air Force’s cyber command.The first tenant to sign a lease in the Project Tech building, Lockheed Martin has designed the space to serve as laboratories for the exploratory work they do for clients such as the 24th and 25th Air Force in San Antonio and the National Security Agency (NSA) location in Texas, according to Lockheed Martin vice president of spectrum convergence, Deon Viergutz. His division is one of two (the other being cyber solutions) teams that will work at the ne...
Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth
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Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth

Classified project work often means cybersecurity companies in San Antonio keep a low profile. For one startup, providing innovative services to help solve emerging national security issues landed Inflow in third place on the San Antonio Business Journal’s list of fastest-growing companies for 2018. Inflow grew its revenue by 686 percent from 2015 to 2017 to a reported $3.2 million by supporting “three-letter agencies doing work classified Top Secret and above,” said Angel Crockett, chief executive officer of Inflow.Crockett founded the cybersecurity company to provide specialized expertise and services to the U.S. government. They have over 50 employees working at multiple locations worldwide on everything from cyber and intelligence to identity intelligence and specialized training. ...
‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth
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‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth

Ask any startup company founder and almost all will agree it's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting a new business. That was the tone at the eight annual Geekdom State of the Ecosystem update given Tuesday morning at the Geekdom Event Centre. David Heard, chief executive of Tech Bloc and chief marketing officer at SecureLogix and Port San Antonio's new vice president for cybersecurity development Will Garrett joined Geekdom chief executive David Garcia to assess the past year for San Antonio and its technology community.You can see a copy of Geekdom's 2018 impact report here.San Antonio's economic disparities continue to pose challenges for residents. Median household income for San Antonio was $56,774 in 2017, the latest figures available. Part of the mission in buildi...
SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP
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SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP

Port San Antonio has scored a strategic hire to catapult its cybersecurity business development.Will Garrett joins the Port Tuesday as its new vice president and director of cybersecurity development.  Garrett comes to the Port from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce where he was the executive director of the Chamber's Cybersecurity San Antonio for almost four years. His portfolio at the Chamber focused on the growth and development of the local cybersecurity industry and advocacy for legislative issues impacting the sector. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has promoted deputy Amanda Keammerer to acting director of Cybersecurity San Antonio.Previously, Garrett led the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department where he managed federal and state advocacy e...
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 ...
Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training
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Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training

Cybersecurity training provider DC Industries is incorporating virtual reality (VR)-based scenarios from Ractive, a Geekdom-based startup, into their training programs. The two San Antonio startups have been collaborating on developing customized cybersecurity VR training over the past two months.DCI will launch its new VR cybersecurity training with the Threat Actor Targeting and Exploitation – Cyber Espionage course scheduled to start Sept. 24 and again Dec. 10. The Cyber Incident Response VR class will begin Jan. 14, 2019. DCI’s full training schedule is online.Based at Port San Antonio, DCI provides targeted training for veterans transitioning into a cybersecurity career and plans to incorporate virtual reality into every technical training course in its curriculum, DCI founder...
New Cyber, IT Training for Military Launches in San Antonio
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New Cyber, IT Training for Military Launches in San Antonio

San Antonio has gained another cybersecurity and information technology (IT) training program for military members. The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) program opened in March at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Campus located at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). The training is designed to provide service members the critical technology skills required for high paying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers before transitioning to civilian life.The class capacity for each MSSA program is 25 to 30 students in each cohort. Microsoft has launched 14 MSSA programs nationally including in San Antonio and expects to graduate approximately 1,000 students annually across all locations once at full capacity. Students may select one 18-week program or two ni...