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San Antonio Named a 'Tech Hotspot' By Inc. Magazine


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Austin may be considered the Silicon Valley of Texas, but San Antonio has a lot to offer to the tech industry, too.

In its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued just that, saying that the Alamo City is a "tech hotspot." The magazine writes that San Antonio "dominates cybersecurity," and has since 1985. That year, the Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission to Military City USA. That move brought defense contractors and eventually a National Security Agency outpost.

Today, there's plenty of cybersecurity startups popping up throughout San Antonio. So why isn't the 2-1-0 getting recognition for its place in the tech industry? Inc. writes that the big companies here "work in the shadows." Companies like ThreatGuard, SecureLogix, Silotech and Innové do important work that you might hear about on the news, but they're just not household names.

Higher education across the city is helping propel San Antonio's place in the industry. UTSA has three cybersecurity centers, one of them being the nation's top-ranked program. The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition brings student experts together to the city to train and learn more about a growing industry.

Inc. predicts the demand for cybersecurity will benefit San Antonio as global cybersecurity spending is expected to hit $1 trillion within the next five years.

The magazine's spotlight on San Antonio comes a few months after the Alamo City was named the best city for software developers in the entire country, based on job availability, average income and cost of living.

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