Greater Pensacola’s cybersecurity is comprised of innovative private companies and governmental entities pursuing the development of products and solutions to protect corporate clients and the nation from cyber attacks. Our high-tech economy and workforce make the region a prime location for cybersecurity firms of all sizes looking for talent with the expertise needed to compete in this rapidly evolving industry.
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Military Cyber Experts
Pensacola’s military installations house Department of Defense cybersecurity commands such as the Center for Information Dominance and the Navy Information Operations Center.
Access to Infrastructure
The community’s cluster of IT companies take advantage of connectivity to the national and global high-speed networks such as the National Lambda Rail.
Building Talent Together
Skilled science and technology workforce and higher education degree and certificate programs are offered by the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.
Growing the Cyber Network
Pensacola’s robust military and defense presence, seasoned entrepreneurs, industry leaders such as App River and educational institutions are coming together to form a cybersecurity ecosystem built on intellectual capital and regional resources. The region is already home to nearly 250 information technology companies and an ever expanding network of cybersecurity businesses. Together with educators and military leaders, workforce experts are actively developing a skilled talent supply through events such as Cyberthon, ITEN Wired and more.
Florida: The Epicenter for Modeling & Simulation
In addition, the State of Florida is the world’s epicenter for modeling, simulation and training (MST) development. The state is home to one of the world’s largest MST clusters with more than 300 companies and 22,500 professionals. Companies are building simulation and training systems for the defense, medical, entertainment, education and other sectors each and every day.
In Their Own Words: AppRiver
“Northwest Florida has all the pieces in place to become a hub for cybersecurity and other high-tech, knowledge-based companies. I fully expect that many more business leaders are going to come to the same realization I did many years ago; technology companies can locate and do business anywhere, so why not choose a region that has rich history, beautiful natural treasures, a high-quality education system, and a strong commitment to creating a great business climate? The future looks bright as FloridaWest, the Santa Rosa County EDO, Innovation Coast, and chambers of commerce work hand-in-hand with the business community to grow talent, attract capital, assist startups, and recruit companies to move to this incredible area.”
Michael Murdoch, President & CEO, AppRiver