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International Cyber Officials Visit “Cyber City, USA”

Italian dignitaries Lisa Di Berardino, Deputy Commissioner for the State Police in Milan, and Matteo Giovanni Paolo Flora, Founder and CEO of social media research firm The Fool SRL, visited San Antonio recently, furthering its reputation as “Cyber City, USA.” They met with The Chamber’s Information Technology Committee to learn about, and possibly replicate, what the City of San Antonio has done to emerge as one of America’s cybersecurity hubs.

The committee presented the city’s Cyber Action Plan that has been developed over the past several years. The plan has evolved over time and has strengthened cybersecurity businesses, raised awareness of the academic and workforce development efforts of local school districts and universities, and has offered San Antonio publicity and recognition for its awards and the vast expertise that is unique to our area.

Dr. Carolyn Green, Director of the Center for Information Technology and Cybersecurity at Texas A&M University - San Antonio, delivered the Cyber Action Plan briefing that focused on San Antonio’s coordination between the academic, government, military and business sectors. According to latest research, San Antonio has one of the highest rates of cybersecurity graduates in the nation. 

The Italian representatives were also able to discuss cyber-crime and its prevention with San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood and Deputy City Manager Erik Walsh. Hood and Walsh described what happened when the city’s Department of Emergency Management held its first cyber incident management tabletop exercise. The exercise focused on a plan to be executed by city leaders, the police department, fire department, military and others in the event of a cyber attack. 

Based on a model developed by Dr. Greg White, Director of the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, the city is working through a cyber-maturity model that would prepare our community leadership for a cyber-incident.

For more information on The Greater Chamber’s cybersecurity efforts visit or call Lisa O’Briant at (210) 229-2190.   

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