CCOE works with industry, academia, infrastructure, local government and the military and intelligence community to accelerate the region’s cyber economy and position it as a global hub of cybersecurity innovation. Learn how in our Q1 report.
Workforce Development

Talent Pipeline

The University Talent Pipeline Program is in full swing with CSUSM, SDSU, UC San Diego and USD. The program includes each school promoting member Job Board internship posts and identification of top candidates, spring career fairs (spots still available for CSUSM 5/4), member “how to make the most of your intern” roundtables and Link2Cyber programs. CCOE teamed with EDC on the Link2Defense symposium with USD in February and will be hosting Link2Cyber programs at CSUSM, SDSU, UC San Diego, University of Phoenix, USD and the Navy Region Southwest this spring and fall to introduce students and veterans to San Diego cyber career paths. CCOE also added a cyber career Accelerator to the website, mapping trainings and certifications for those looking to jumpstart a career in cybersecurity.

Job Board

CCOE’s San Diego cybersecurity job board hosted more than 1,057 applications for 109 jobs in Q1 2017 to connect veterans, students, recent grads and seasoned professionals with career opportunities in the region. As a reminder, we now offer automated posting, so please continue to have your HR teams post/automate all cybersecurity positions in the region and don’t forget to complete the quick survey indicating if a job board applicant was hired.
Creating New Business Opportunities

Secure San Diego

CCOE and the City of San Diego convened the first Secure San Diego Stakeholder Forum in February to facilitate collaboration between the cyber industry, academia and the region’s government, municipalities, utilities and transportation agencies with the mission of fostering a secure cyber environment and showcasing San Diego as a hub for cutting-edge technology and solutions.
The Stakeholders identified two primary areas of focus:
  1. Development of a Cyber Response Map
  2. Development of a regional Incident Response Management Plan
Stakeholders are convening project teams and plans of attack to be discussed at the next quarterly Forum in May. The collaborations will culminate in an event during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to include table-top exercises and scripted scenarios (Hack SD) followed by a program (SD Acts) highlighting how San Diego companies, government, utilities and academia are working together to address potential risks with new technology and solutions.

Thought Leadership

In Q1 2017, CCOE provided key content and speakers for FloCon, SD Hotel & Motel Association, Chamber’s Regional Job Strategy Forum, NDIA Live Demo, Truman Center, Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance cyber panel, Corporate Director’s Forum, Biocom’s CFO Series, ViaSat’s EvoNexus Cybersecurity MarketLink and San Diego Business Journal’s Cybersecurity Forum.
Fostering Collaboration

SPAWAR Technical Roundtable

In partnership with AFCEA, CCOE hosted the first of the technical roundtables with senior engineers from private industry, academia and the military and intelligence community to discuss and provide recommended solutions to specific cybersecurity challenges. SPAWAR championed the first roundtable focused on Non-Standard Baseline/Networks at ESET with participants from ViaSat, Sentek Global, CSUSM, USD and SPAWAR. We are currently accepting challenge champions for upcoming technical roundtables.

Cyber Advocacy

CCOE helped SDMAC setup a cyber sub-committee to coordinate representation of military interests in the workforce and advocacy arenas. CCOE also joined the San Diego CISO Roundtable to collaborate on challenges and opportunities facing those on the cyber front line. CCOE’s Co-Chair & President, RADM (Ret) Ken Slaght continues to serves on the Governor’s Military Council and co-chairs the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s (NICE) Workforce Committee, representing San Diego’s cyber interests.


CCOE welcomes new Armor member Booz Allen Hamilton and Guard member IOMAXIS and membership renewals from EY, FIS and FICO.


CCOE welcomes Jesse Gipe, Economic Development Manager at EDC to the Board of Advisors and Scott Adams, Executive Director & General Manager for Secure Network Systems at ViaSat to the Board of Directors.

Marketing & Communications

CCOE released the 2016 Annual Report showcasing key programs, marketing, membership and fundraising highlights and milestones. We also secured coverage in Security Magazine’s “Cybersecurity Insurance: Smart Investment?,” SD U-T’sSatellite Internet provider ViaSat seeks cyber security startups” and eCity Cyber Talk Radio highlighting San Diego’s cyber prowess. We continue to promote news and events, best practices and career and business opportunities through social media and welcome you to join and follow San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) on LinkedIn and @SDCCOE on Twitter today!

Upcoming Events


Rear Admiral Ken Slaght, USN, Retired
CCOE Co-Chair and President

Lisa Easterly
CCOE Chief Operating Officer

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