CCOE and EDC to Host Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Tour of San Diego Tech Companies

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Tour demonstrates San Diego’s thriving innovation economy and collaborative focus on increasing cybersecurity throughout the region

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Seeing companies on the West Coast helps us continue learning where industry is going in areas like simulation, mobility, agile and DevOps, and of course, cyber. Most importantly, it helps industry understand our challenges

US Department of Homeland Security information technology and cybersecurity leadership – including more than 30 senior federal personnel from government and military – are touring nine independent tech companies located in San Diego on April 30 – May 1.

With support from San Diego’s Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the tech tours allow CIO participants to witness how San Diego and the surrounding region continues to evolve as a technology and cyber hub within the United States.

While many San Diego companies were considered for this visit, CCOE and EDC tapped eight companies to highlight a cross section of new technologies in the region to include Qualcomm, AttackIQ, MindTouch, Brain Corp, Ausgar Technologies, Unisys, FICO, Webroot and Illumina. The collective group will demonstrate everything from cybersecurity initiatives and machine learning to mobility, simulation, online learning and data analytics.

“Visiting tech companies across California – including San Diego and a few locations across Silicon Valley – is part of the Department’s strategic outreach to industry,” said Dr. John Zangardi, DHS Chief Information Officer, whose office is leading the trip. “My strategic objectives are simple. We are moving the DHS network to a managed service, consolidating our security operations centers, or SOCs, and moving to the cloud, and we can’t accomplish any of these without industry.”

“I regularly see exciting things happening in Washington, DC,” he continued. “Seeing companies on the West Coast helps us continue learning where industry is going in areas like simulation, mobility, agile and DevOps, and of course, cyber. Most importantly, it helps industry understand our challenges.”

Rear Adm. (ret) Ken Slaght, CCOE chair and president, emphasized that visits like this provide new perspective on cybersecurity and cyber readiness.

“We’re excited that San Diego is being recognized by national IT leaders,” said Slaght. “For Dr. Zangardi and high-ranking federal IT leadership to take an interest in what San Diego continues to do to support innovation and technology development means a great deal. San Diego plays a significant role in cyber preparedness for the nation and will continue strengthening these efforts well into the future.”

The DHS CIO tour highlights the importance of collaboration between the public, private, academic, government and military sectors to foster greater cybersecurity, and is a component of CCOE and the City of San Diego’s Secure San Diego initiative, which fosters region-wide efforts to create a more secure cyber environment and position San Diego as a global hub of cybersecurity innovation.

About Cyber Center of Excellence
The Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) is a nonprofit organization that supplies the leadership and fosters collaboration, to establish San Diego as a worldwide center for cybersecurity products and services. Working together to build programs that promote cyber best practices among the key economic pillars of our community, and by promoting talent acquisition, retention and development, the CCOE aims to make San Diego a magnet for an industry that already provides 16,500 jobs and invests $1.9 billion into the San Diego economy. Learn more at http://www.sdccoe.org.

About San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC’s) mission is to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness. As an independently funded non-profit fueled by more than 160 companies and organizations, EDC takes a data-driven approach to attracting, retaining and expanding companies and the talent pool across the region’s three traded economies: military, tourism and innovation. Learn more at http://www.sandiegobusiness.org.

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