Port of San Antonio Taps Cybersecurity Exec

January 23, 2019

Photo Credit: Port of San Antonio

Known as The Alamo City, San Antonio, Texas, prides itself on being home to the nation’s second-largest concentration of cybersecurity experts. With over 1,000 industry professionals based at the Port San Antonio’s large 1,900-acre campus, its growth has helped it become a strategic partner to the region’s cyber community.

This week, the Port of San Antonio announced the hiring of a Vice President and Director of Cybersecurity Development, Will Garrett. Coming to the Port from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, he had served as the Executive Director of the Chamber’s Cybersecurity San Antonio program for almost four years. A Port news release issued on January 22 noted that Garrett has led efforts accelerating the growth of the region’s vast cybersecurity sector. He will continue to work hand-in-hand with public- and private-sector cybersecurity organizations throughout the region, across the U.S. and internationally. His work as a strategic industry leader, noted the announcement, will further raise San Antonio’s profile as a global capital of cyber expertise and innovation.

“We’re thrilled to have a proven and respected leader like Will join our team,” said Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach in a statement. Perschbach added, “He will remain an instrumental partner ensuring that San Antonio continues strengthening our ecosystem for cybersecurity in the years ahead.” In a related news article by Startups San Antonio, Perschbach noted that Garrett is “connected not only to the cybersecurity sector, but to other parts of industry and the broader community,” adding, “This is about linking those with solutions to work on the challenges of the larger connected world.”

Garrett joins the Port after serving nearly four years as Executive Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio—an industry-driven program created to accelerate the growth of the cyber sector in the region. He’s also the co-founder of the Build Sec Foundry—an incubator for the development of new cybersecurity products and technology. Previously, Garrett led the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department and managed federal and state advocacy efforts, as well as the organization’s support of the region’s numerous military missions.

“It’s a true honor to join the team that is leading San Antonio’s growth in the most dynamic sector of our economy,” said Garrett. “The critical mass at the Port and the organization’s strategic vision to accelerate collaborations between cybersecurity and mature industries in San Antonio give our community a globally competitive edge to capture even more big opportunities,” he added.

About the Port of San Antionio

The Port is driving the industry’s growth in the region, according to its news release announcing Garrett’s hiring. Over 1,000 cybersecurity professionals are already based on the 1,900-acre campus. They include personnel within the 24th Air Force (Air Force Cyber Command), which is headquartered at the Port. Other employers on the campus include a range of locally-based and internationally-renowned industry names, including Booz Allen HamiltonRadiance TechnologiesLockheed Martin Cyber SolutionsIOMAXISFidelis CybersecuritySAMSOCIPSecureNorthrop GrummanSalient CRGTand Dynamic Advancement.

Those organizations support key Department of Defense cybersecurity efforts and are also focused on the development and application of digital security to protect major sectors of the world’s economy. In addition to serving military operations, priority areas for the region’s cybersecurity experts include protection of critical infrastructure for the aerospace, energy, financial services, medical, telecommunications and transportation industries.

As noted on its website, Port customers serve defense and private-sector operations, including banking, aerospace, medical and other industries. "In close collaboration with our customers and partners, we’re growing an environment where cybersecurity is thriving as it captures opportunities in our region, across the country and around the world," states a Port update. Also in its January 22 press release, the Port reported that it and its customers have taken big strides in recent months as they grow San Antonio’s cybersecurity ecosystem. In the Spring of 2018, the Port completed the first phase of its Project Tech plans – development of state-of-the-art secure office facilities that support cybersecurity expansions and facilitate collaboration with nearby clients in the defense and other sectors.

Within a few weeks of the completion of the inaugural 90,000-square-foot building at Project Tech, Lockheed Martin announced it will be the facility’s first tenant. The company plans to employ 100 professionals at its new site supporting Department of Defense cybersecurity programs.

Most recently, as announced by the Port in a January 15 news release, San Antonio-based CNF Technologies also announced its expansion into Port San Antonio as the second firm based at Project Tech. The news release stated that, in the past year, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and IPSecure announced expansions at their respective facilities elsewhere at the Port.

 

 

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