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America’s Home for Cybersecurity Innovation and Integration
The Alamo City is home to one of the world's largest and fastest-growing concentrations of cybersecurity experts. Nearly 2,000 of those industry professionals are based in Port San Antonio’s large campus.
Here, innovators defend against threats that target the networks and digital assets that, in an increasingly connected world, power key sectors of America’s economy. National defense, aerospace, manufacturing, power generation/distribution, biomedicine, financial services, telecommunications, and supply-chain logistics are just some of the leading industries that turn to cyber experts based at the Port and throughout our region.
To accelerate the pace of innovation and integration, we’re building an ecosystem like no other in the nation—a unique place where cyber experts, the industries they serve, and an array of educational and research partners converge and collaborate to develop the latest technologies and build unparalleled talent to safeguard our nation’s critical infrastructure.
The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) is one among several top cybersecurity operations based on the Port campus.
A HOME FOR LEADERS
Cybersecurity operations at the Port are anchored by leading national and regional cybersecurity operations.
They include the 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), which oversees the integrity of the networks and secures the data of Air Force digital assets worldwide.
The Alamo Regional Security Operations Center (ARSOC) launched here in 2021. It is the nation’s first fully integrated facility that allows local governments and utilities to collaborate 24/7 and share information and resources to protect municipal governments and local utilities against a growing tide of cyberattacks.
In 2022 the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) launched the Texas Manufacturing x Transformation Hub (TxMx Hub) training center in the heart of the Port campus—adding another national asset to facilitate the integration of leading-edge cyber expertise and technologies to America’s critical factories.
And throughout the campus, a fast-growing number of private-sector firms lend their expertise to regional and national public- and private sector clients. Among them are legacy names in cybersecurity expertise and a growing number of locally headquartered firms whose expertise has national and global reach.
STRENGTHENING TALENT, SPURRING INNOVATION
Central to our community-building vision is creating spaces and strategic connections that inspire people to grow careers in cybersecurity, have a deeper understanding how different industries will benefit from their information security expertise, and to strengthen those collaborations.
The Port has launched a 130,000-square-foot facility like no other in the nation—Tech Port Center + Arena—that scales our efforts to connect expertise, education and industries. The state-of-the art venue includes a tech-transfer laboratory for collaboration across different stakeholders, including cyber experts, mature industries, educators, researchers, and public- and private sector partners. Adjacent spaces include a technology museum and public industry showroom where new technologies and applications in cybersecurity can be demonstrated. And a 3,100-seat arena with full broadcasting capabilities provides support for numerous types of functions, including product launches and demonstrations and trainings. Retractable seating allows for the space to also support other industry events, including conferences and trade shows.
The Tech Port Center + Arena is now open—providing an array of spaces for cybersecurity, industry, educators and other stakeholders to collaborate, learn, showcase their technologies and sell to national and global audiences.
Throughout the Port campus, there are other leading industries that also require world-class cyber expertise.
For more than 20 years, Boeing has maintained its largest aircraft sustainment operation in a vast complex at the Port’s industrial airport at Kelly Field. Among many projects on behalf the Department of Defense and commercial clients, the company is modernizing the U.S. Navy’s fleet of F/A-18 Superhornets (above); a large part of that work entails ensuring the security of associated and increasingly complex hardware, software and data streams.
Plus One Robotics is among several advanced technology firms headquartered at the Port. The firm is among the most successful tech startups in San Antonio history—incorporating AI software and sensors to exiting industrial robots utilized in ecommerce and manufacturing operations across the nation and around the world. As it grows the human-assisted robotics networks that utilize its technology, company founders have repeatedly underscored that their decision to base operations in the region, and specifically on the Port campus, is the proximity to cybersecurity expertise and innovation to ensure the resiliency of Plus One’s growing product line.
The Port also places particular strategic emphasis on esports—the fast-growing world of multi-player, team-based video gaming that creates important social connections and whose fundamental technology and skill sets have direct applications in developing talent and driving operations in cybersecurity and other sectors based and thriving at the Port, including aerospace, robotics, defense and space-based industries.
From building camaraderie to building skills, the Port has been an enthusiastic supporter of the esports community, including at community events such as a free LAN center provided during our annual Fiesta de los Niños event (top) to sponsoring and supporting activities by U.S Air Force Gaming (below) as well as Texas-wide collegiate tournaments. The Tech Port Center + Arena offers a LAN gaming center and a 3,100-seat arena—the largest purpose-built esports venue in the nation—to help gamers hone-in their skills and to strengthen a community of esports and cyber enthusiasts.
Completed in 2017 and 2021 respective, Project Tech Building 1 (top) and Building 2 (bottom) provided modern and secure facilities for leading named in cybersecurity and government customers in immediate proximity to large Department of Defense operations on the Port campus and across the region. Both facilities were built speculatively and fully leased within a matter of months.
In 2021, the Alamo Regional Security Operations Center (ARSOC) began activities in a custom-built facility within one of the Port’s commercial/industrial complexes. In 2022, the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) announced they will open a training facility within the same building.
The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) also maintains its headquarters on the Port campus and neighboring JBSA-Lackland, where its security operations center oversees the integrity of digital assets around the world. The vast SCIF facility on the Port campus was completed in 2012 (photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)
Our 1,900-acre campus is the single-largest commercial property in the region. And we have plenty of room for growth.
We’re within 2 to 20 minutes driving distance from other major technology hubs, including the 16th Air Force, Lackland Air Force Base, downtown San Antonio, the city’s medical center and major area manufacturers.
Available spaces for start-up and established cybersecurity operations range from 4,000 to 32,000 square feet.
- Move-in ready finished-out to customers’ specifications
- Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) options available
- Access to full suite of AT&T telecommunications infrastructure
- In-house cabling support
- State-of-the art meeting/conference facilities for 10 to 200 people
- Support for private/charter aircraft at our airport
- Furnished residences to support relocations and temporary assignments
A global center for cybersecurity excellence begins with world-class educators.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is among the nation’s top cybersecurity undergraduate programs and features one of the two best cybersecurity graduate programs, according to recent rankings.
Students at UTSA may choose to specialize in computer science, computer engineering or information systems. Additional programs are offered in data center design, network and data center management, digital forensics and data analytics.
Research conducted at UTSA aims to combat global security challenges encountered by individuals, industry, government and the military. The university’s research specialties include information security management and strategy, applied network and information systems security, government and industry cyber preparedness, and secure software and hardware design and engineering.
The university currently has three research centers: the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS); the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS); and the Cyber Center for Security and Analytics. A fourth research center, the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC), broke ground in January 2021 and will be the first new building at the school’s Downtown Campus expansion.
UTSA’s upcoming facility for its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) and School of Data Science at the university’s downtown campus within minutes of the Port.
Recently, the UTSA-led Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) announced plans to establish the Texas Manufacturing x Transformation Hub (TxMx Hub) at Port San Antonio. The new facility will accelerate training and strategic collaborations that safeguard installations and transportation assets operated by U.S. public- and private-sector partners – strengthening America’s cybersecurity workforce by providing novel and necessary cybersecurity education, training and certifications.
Based at the Port since 2017, the museum has provided hand-on STEM-based activities to more than 15,000 area K-12 students each year through enrichment programs, summer camps and other activities led by top industry experts. Among them is a state-of-the-art cybersecurity activities, including hands-on simulations.
Similarly, the museum, though its training center, supports specialized programs for information security professionals—from entry-level courses to ongoing specialization by seasoned experts. These activities will be scaled significantly once the museum expands at its new facilities at Tech Port Center + Arena in the spring of 2022.
Contact: David Monroe
The Air Force’s 688th Cyberspace Wing undertakes a training simulation at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology’s (SAMSAT) training center.
Area middle school students are introduced to educational paths and future careers in information security at SAMSAT’s cybersecurity simulator hands-on exhibit.
Alamo Academies—Part of Alamo Colleges and based at the St. Philip’s College campus neighboring the Port, the nationally-acclaimed dual-credit program provides college-level training to top high school students in advanced technology, including cybersecurity, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.
Alamo Colleges—Featuring four unique campuses city-wide, the Alamo Colleges District is the region’s community college district that offers an array of information technology degree and certificate programs focused on computer science and cybersecurity. Recently, the Cybersecurity Center located on the St. Philip’s College campus joined St. Mary’s University in receiving a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).
Dynamic Advancement — Headquartered at Port San Antonio, both companied deliver an array of customized training programs ranging from entry-level to advanced courses, certificates and ongoing certifications for information security professionals.
Contact: Kekai Namauu
IPSecure — Headquartered at Port San Antonio, both companied deliver an array of customized training programs ranging from entry-level to advanced courses, certificates and ongoing certifications for information security professionals.
Contact: Pam Rachel
Hallmark University — An innovative San Antonio-based nonprofit university whose curricula are aligned with industries’ needs. Offerings include a bachelor’s of information technology with a concentration in cybersecurity as well as other degree and customized certificate programs.
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) offers bachelor's degrees in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) that prepare graduates to become leading professionals in information systems and technology in all industries. Additionally, the school offers a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and Security. Named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), OLLU is part of an elite group of colleges and universities nationwide to receive the designation.
OLLU’s CISS programs are tied to the federal government's objectives that encourage training and development of skilled professionals in order to protect the nation's information technology infrastructure. Graduates of the program are prepared to help develop, manage and protect computers and networks in government, medical centers, financial centers in virtually every sector of the economy.
St. Mary’s University offers a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity, which provides students with the knowledge, skills and best practices on how to monitor, secure and safeguard an organization’s digital assets.
The university houses the Center for Cyber Excellence – a collaborative venture drawing on the expertise of faculty and staff from the School of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Center provides guidance and general cyber defense information and promotes collaboration and interaction with other students, faculty and programs.
Through its Master of Science program in Cybersecurity, St. Mary’s University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) – a program jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Texas A&M University – San Antonio —The Department of Computing and Cyber Security at Texas A&M University – San Antonio supports the development of comprehensive computer science, cyber security and information systems education and research programs that will prepare students for careers in computing, cyber security and information systems. The university offer four Bachelor and two Master degree programs that offer students with cybersecurity concentrations the opportunity to receive the NSA/DHS Cyber Defense Education Certificate upon graduation.
Trinity University offers a Bachelor of Science in computer science, as well as computing as a second major. The program’s curriculum reflects the significant changes that have occurred throughout the industry in recent years and follows specific guidelines from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the principal computer science professional society.
Students have the opportunity to take part in paid summer internships or research projects as they pursue their education, with many having worked with renowned companies such as USAA, Google, Microsoft, BJN Tech, Merge VR, Facebook, Valero, HEB, Rackspace, Spotify, GE, Chase, Amazon and Activision.
University of the Incarnate Word—Through its Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Cyber Security (CSEC), the University of the Incarnate Word prepares the next generation of technology professionals to lead and advance progress in maintaining, processing and securing information.
Career preparation is stressed through courses such as seminar, internship and capstone or practicum, where students demonstrate expertise in a specific field by working for an outside organization. Students can also take part in student organizations such as CIS/CSEC Student Advisory Group and the Crypto Cardinals, which gives students hands-on “hacking” and other practical experiences.
For over 20 years, our mission has been to serve as a big economic engine for San Antonio: Our success is directly measured by our customers’ success.
To achieve this, our in-house team of business development professionals works hand-in-hand across our industries to support their growth strategies, including identifying and pursuing new markets.
We also collaborate with many local partners who share our passion to grow San Antonio’s standing as a top destination for cybersecurity operations and innovation.