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 Q2 report.
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Secure San Diego

CCOE and the City of San Diego convened the second Secure San Diego Stakeholder Forum in May 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 continue to collaborate on the two primary areas of focus:
  • Creation of a Cyber Response Map for Companies (by sector)
  • Development of a Regional Cyber Incident Response Guide
The collaborations will culminate in an event hosted at Qualcomm during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October to include:
  • Anatomy of a City Hack - scripted scenario outlining how region-wide attacks occur
  • Hack SD - panel of San Diego’s infrastructure leaders discussing worst-case critical infrastructure cyber scenarios to include comparisons to actual events
  • SD Acts - presentation by the region’s emergency response team showing how San Diego government, utilities, companies, and academia are working together to mitigate these risks and forward innovative technology and solutions

DoD Leadership Tour

In August, CCOE, EDC and SPAWAR will be hosting the US Department of Defense CIO, Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy CIOs, the NIST Director and 6 CIOs from key partner nations (Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) for a tour of San Diego’s nimble, innovative commercial companies focused on cybersecurity, AI and data analytics. We have confirmed AttackIQ, FICO, iboss, Illumina, KnuEdge, Qualcomm, Quibitekk, UC San Diego and Webroot for the two-day tour and reception, showcasing the region’s innovative companies, talent and technology.
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Talent Pipeline

The University Talent Pipeline Program is in full swing with CSUSM, SDSU, UC San Diego and USD. The program involves each school promoting Job Board internships offered by CCOE members, as well as the identification of top candidates, career fairs and Link2Cyber programs. This fall, CCOE is teaming up with EDC on Link2Cyber, Link2Tech and Link2OnTheRoad to include programs at CSUSM, SDSU, UC San Diego and University of Phoenix to introduce students and veterans to cyber career paths in the region. CCOE is also evolving the Accelerator, which maps trainings and certifications for those looking to jumpstart a career in cybersecurity.

Job Board

CCOE’s San Diego cybersecurity job board hosted more than 911 applications for 78 jobs in Q2 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.
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San Diego Startup Week

CCOE supported San Diego Startup Week’s new Cybersecurity Track sponsored by ESET. CCOE moderated a panel featuring cyber leaders from CSUSM, ESET, SPAWAR, ViaSat and Webroot to discuss the region’s cyber economic impact, trends and overall trajectory of the industry. The Cyber Track was well attended and we encourage you to continue the conversation at #SECURESD.

Thought Leadership

In Q2 2017, CCOE provided key content and speakers for ViaSat’s EvoNexus Cybersecurity MarketLink, San Diego Business Journal’s Cybersecurity Forum, LEAD Influence, AFCEA, UC San Diego Duke of York Panel, REBOOT, ASMC and CCICADA-Rutgers University. CCOE will also be attending the National Cybersecurity Center’s Cyber Charrette later this year with regional cyber centers from around the U.S. to discuss best practices and national collaborations.


CCOE welcomes new members Level 3 Communications and Ashford University and membership renewals from Ausgar Technologies, Cooley, CSUSM, Qualcomm, Scientific Research Corp. and ViaSat.


CCOE welcomes Gary Hayslip, CISO at Webroot to the Board of Directors.

Marketing & Communications

Google selected CCOE to participate in its strategic outreach program using Google AdWords. Google will provide complimentary personalized research and direction to optimize the Secure San Diego campaign leading up to the October event with the goals of expanding cybersecurity business, investment and talent in the region and showcasing Secure San Diego as a template to mobilize other regions.

We also secured coverage in SD U-T “How San Diego can lead America in cyberwarfare innovation”, San Diego Business Journal Cybersecurity 2017: Expert Panel” and TechWire “State is Ground Zero for Cybersecurity” 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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