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Nation’s Cybersecurity Leaders Discuss Challenges at Annual Event

Cybersecurity leadership from the Department of Homeland Security (DOH), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE) and military commands from across the country discussed what their organizations are doing in our nation’s continued focus on cybersecurity at the Fourth Annual Cybersecurity Summit on April 21.

The all-day summit, which brought in over 200 people, was held in conjunction with the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), sponsored by Deloitte. The NCCDC is the premier collegiate-level cyber competition in the country, and the national finals are hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

The Summit is designed to bring increased national exposure to the competition and allow local business leaders to interact with federal leadership and educate them on the innovative programs and plans in San Antonio as part of our focus on cybersecurity. 

Federal-level speakers included Mark Weatherford, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Cybersecurity (DOH); Gil Vega, Associate CIO for Cybersecurity (DOE); Chris Inglis, Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Agency; and Brigadier General Linda Medler, U.S. Cyber Command. The Summit also featured Major General Suzanne Vautrinot, Commander of the 24th Air Force, who stayed for the whole event, engaging the business community in cyber solutions. The event included discussions on emerging threats and challenges, how businesses can be part of the solutions, and what workforce development efforts are needed to build tomorrow’s cyber warriors.

The Cybersecurity Summit also allowed the business community to recognize local students who competed in annual cybersecurity competitions at the State and National Level. 

High School teams that competed in CyberPatriot IV, including the National Champions from Alamo College’s Information Technology and Security Academy, were engaged in the discussions and were recognized by Congressman Charlie Gonzalez. With the support of the Alamo Chapter Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association and their national chapter, and ManTech International, $15,000 was given for scholarships to local high school students to complete the Network+ Boot Camp hosted by UTSA. The Chamber has released an application for the Boot Camp and will award $1,000 to 15 local high school students. This will help them obtain necessary training for a Network+ certification that is critical for future employment in the IT and cybersecurity industry. 

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