Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) industry plays a major role in San Antonio. The economic impact of IT and cyber business already measures in the billions: $10 billion in 2010, with conservative estimates of growth to $15 billion by 2015. The industry itself is both large and diverse, including IT and Internet-related firms that produce and sell information technology products. San Antonio is particularly strong in information security. In fact, San Antonio has come to be recognized as a national leader in this vital field, with the U.S. Air Force’s Air Intelligence Agency, a large and growing National Security Agency presence, and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University Of Texas at San Antonio.

San Antonio boasts some of the most sophisticated uses of information technology in the world, even though much of that advanced usage remains undisclosed for security reasons. After all, the community is home to a large concentration of military and intelligence agencies charged with the missions of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Information Operations and Network defense, attack and exploitation. Prominent activities in cyber warfare, high tech development, acquisition and maintenance are found among the Air Intelligence Agency, Joint Information Operations Warfare Command, NSA / CSS Texas, 67th Network Warfare Wing, Air Force Information Operations Center, and Cryptology Systems Group.

The IT products sector includes manufacturers of computer and electronic equipment and components, wholesale trade (including business-to-business electronic market), retail trade, and Internet and software publishing. According to a 2008 Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce report, the IT product sector employs approximately 5,240 people in San Antonio.

The report also states that the IT services sector, which includes digital reproduction services, Internet service providers, computer services, computer training, and computer repair services, employs approximately 10,400 people in San Antonio.

The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) is an important factor in ensuring that this sector of the economy continues to grow. With funding approved by the Texas legislature in 2005, the ETF was the first fund of its kind in the state, and has been effective in helping to attract and build new companies and to support research in this field.

Source: The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Information Systems Wages

Title Average Hourly Wage
Computer Operator $16.35
Business Systems Analyst $32.02
Data Security Administrator $28.63
Database Manager $33.75
Help Desk Coordinator I $18.47
LAN Support Specialist (certified) $27.18
Programmer Systems I $24.99
Software Engineer $38.84
Web Developer $28.60
Source: Werling Associates, Inc.

 

Cybersecurity

The state of Texas is #2 in the nation for science and technology. And according to Computerworld Magazine, San Antonio is #2 in the nation for information assurance, behind only Washington, D.C. The city’s association with the military and with scientific research has helped create a unique combination of cyber resources useful to many business operations. The recent choice of San Antonio for Air Force Cyber Command (24th Air Force) was both highly prestigious and highly publicized. The city offers the kind of network connectivity needed to support all security levels of Global Cyber Operations such as the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System and the National Security Agency Nets, DISA GIG Network (Defense Information Systems Network) and GIG-BE (Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion, which helps link major government intel community sites). San Antonio also has the # 2 concentration of data centers in the U.S. and 80-plus companies specializing in defense technology.

 

San Antonio Cyber Industry Highlights

  • The # 2 concentration of data centers in the U.S. (including Microsoft Regional Mega Center).
  • Nearly 900 Department of Labor-designated IT companies.
  • 80+ companies in the San Antonio Defense Technology Cluster.
  • 56,000+ science and technology workforce.
  • 20,000 IT-related positions.
  • 7,500 SCI-cleared personnel.
  • Host of major nationally recognized cyber-related professional events.
  • Large Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs) workforce.

Military (DoD) and Government Cyber Entities

  • NSA / CSS Texas – Texas Cryptologic Center
  • Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
  • Air Force Electronic Warfare School
  • 24th Air Force
  • 688th Information Operations Wing
  • 67th Network Warfare Wing
  • Air Force Cryptologic Systems Group
  • Air Force Research Lab
  • Defense Information Systems Agency Mega Center
  • Navy Information Operations Command Texas
  • Joint Reserve Information Operations Center
  • Joint Information Operations Warfare Command

Technology & Academia

Cyber Innovation Technology & Research Consortium

Structured in the academic realm, the consortium is a nationally designated, highly experienced group widely recognized for its accomplishments. Members include:

  • University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Cyber Security (ICS)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS)
    • Created DARK SCREEN cybersecurity exercise (first in nation to evaluate a city’s ability to respond to a cyber attack)
    • Led cybersecurity exercises in 12 states and seven Texas communities
    • SMEs for Cyber Storm exercises (local / metro area focus)
    • Host annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
  • Our Lady of the Lake University Center for Information Assurance Management and Leadership
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, Center for Terrorism Law
  • Texas Research & Technology Park (Joint Innovation & Technology Center)
  • Southwest Research Institute (Awarded 1st Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security Research & Development Program)

There are nearly 140,000 students in 15 colleges and universities in the area. Many of them with access to outstanding academic programs focused on cyber science – K thru PhD, plus professional certification tracks. Find out more about San Antonio’s future workforce in our education section.

Cybersecurity / IT companies in San Antonio MSA

Digital Defense, Inc.

Digital Defense is a provider of best-of-breed network security services. Its comprehensive automated solution set can be augmented by penetration testing, training, and reviews of policies and procedures, thereby addressing security concerns throughout an organization. Digital Defense currently serves more than 100 subscription clients in 43 states with networks of all sizes. www.digitaldefense.net

KGS

Recently dNovus RDI merged with KGS, a firm that has provided high-end information technology services to U.S. federal, state, and local government clients since 1989. The company also offers applications development and business services and capabilities in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strategic analysis, network operations, information assurance and research development. KGS customers include: the Veteran’s Administration, United States Air Force’s Integrated Network Operations Security Center-East, HQ USAF, Air Force Information Warfare Center, 311th Human Systems Wing, DoD Drug Testing Program, Department of Education, Missile Defense Agency, DoD/Defense Computer Forensic Lab, US Army Information Technology Center, Air Force Research Lab, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. www.kforcegov.com

MDI Security Systems

For 25 years, MDI Security Systems has provided dependable access control and integrated security management solutions. As a security industry pioneer and technical thought leader, MDI leads the industry in the development of market-driven, technically superior security systems that can be managed from a centralized point of control. Some of MDI’s federal clients include the FBI, CIA, Transportation Security Agency and the Smithsonian. Private-sector clients include General Dynamics, Raytheon, Boeing and Disney. www.mdisecure.com

NCI

In June 2007, NCI acquired privately held Karta Technologies (Karta). NCI focuses on medical and information technology solutions, computer and web-based training, program management, and engineering and supply chain management for federal and commercial customers nationwide. They employ more than 400 dedicated experts in San Antonio. www.nciinc.com

NewTek

NewTek has been a driving force in pushing the edge of video and 3D graphics technology while redefining price/performance and ease of use. NewTek, headquartered in San Antonio, is perhaps best known in the film and video industry as the company that created the desktop video market segment in 1990 with the introduction of the Amiga Video Toaster, which garnered NewTek an Emmy for Technical Achievement. In 2001, NewTek once again redefined video editing with the release of the powerful Video Toaster (2), the next-generation Video Toaster running on the Windows 2000 platform. www.newtek.com

Rackspace

Fanatical Support® has made Rackspace the service leader in cloud computing. Rackspace delivers enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world. Started in 1998, the company has since grown to serve more than 180,000 customers. Rackspace integrates the industry’s best technologies for each customer’s specific need and delivers it as a service via the company’s commitment to Fanatical Support. Rackspace’s core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Email & Apps. The company offers a wide range of managed services for enterprise hosting platforms and currently hosts over half of all Fortune 100 Companies. www.rackspace.com

SecureInfo Corporation

Securing the largest networks in the world since 1992, SecureInfo delivers product solutions that simplify and automate security compliance, vulnerability management and enterprise security operations. SecureInfo, an Inc. 500 corporation, is recognized as one of the top 10 providers of information security solutions to the federal government. www.secureinfo.com

SecureLogix Corporation

SecureLogix Corporation is a telecom security and management company providing intelligent communications products, professional services, consulting and certified product training. The company’s patented technology protects data networks and other critical enterprise infrastructure by securing telecommunications networks. The company’s flagship product, the ETM (Enterprise Telephony Management) system, hosts a suite of applications: TeleWall Telecom Firewall, TeleAudit Usage Manager and TeleView Infrastructure manager. www.securelogix.com

ThreatGuard

ThreatGuard, Inc., formed in 2002 and headquartered in San Antonio, provides security management solutions to financial, healthcare and government institutions through value added resellers and system integrators. The executive team consists of former military officers and successful entrepreneurs with more than 50 years of experience in the areas of information security, communications, and intelligence. www.threatguard.com