In a world where Internet-enabled devices have become embedded in everyday objects, the need for cybersecurity has never been more vital. San Diego’s entrepreneurial talent and proximity to customers have enabled its cybersecurity companies to become leaders in the industry. Most of the region’s innovations are attributed to its close ties to the federal government where key branches of the military, such as the United States Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), employ an estimated 3,390 cybersecurity professionals.1 This foundation has enabled local companies to diversify and expand into the consumer market and fulfill the needs of private businesses.
In conjunction with the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence, EDC released a study on San Diego's cybersecurity industry in June 2016.
Industry Highlights & Collaborations
Talent: San Diego’s universities and colleges annually graduate 3,000 students in the computer science and engineering fields and recently launched two new cybersecurity masters programs at University of San Diego and California State University San Marcos.2
Jobs: In total, there were 7,620 total jobs in the known cyber universe in 2015, up 14.7 percent from 2014.2
Economic impact: When accounting for the total direct, indirect and induced impacts, cybersecurity activities generate more than $1.9 billion in GDP and impact 16,580 jobs every year. 2