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Austin gets the glory. But just an hour south, San Antonio, Texas, quietly dominates cybersecurity. Its sector bona fides date back to 1985, when the Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission there. Defense contractors followed, and then a former chip-manufacturing plant was converted into a sprawling National Security Agency outpost.

That planted the seeds, and dozens of cybersecurity startups thrive there today. But key com­panies–ThreatGuard, SecureLogix, Silotech, Innové–aren’t household names; they generally work in the shadows. “What you see on the news in a breach story is just the tip of the iceberg,” intones John Dickson, a former Air Force intelligence officer and principal of Denim Group, which helps banks and insurance companies build “more resilient” software. Local education programs help: University of Texas at San Antonio has three separate cybersecurity centers, including the nation’s top-ranked program–and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, essentially the national championship for student cyberwarriors. Meanwhile, cyberattacks increase in frequency and severity, and global cybersecurity spending is growing by double-digits each year; it should top $1 trillion by 2021. All that demand will continue to work in San Antonio’s favor–and the fact that it may boast the nation’s highest rate of taco shops per capita doesn’t hurt either. –Tom Foster

About Denim Group

Denim Group is the leading secure software development firm, serving as a trusted advisor to customers on matters of software risk and security. The company builds software for the most security conscious while helping organizations assess and mitigate risk within their existing software. Denim Group's flagship ThreadFix product accelerates the process of software vulnerability remediation, reflecting the company's rich understanding of what it takes to fix application vulnerabilities faster. Denim Group has emerged as a strong contributor to the larger application security community and has actively participated in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) since shortly after its inception.

Among many other awards, Denim Group has landed on the "Inc. 5000" list - which recognizes the country's 5000 fastest-growing private companies - for five years in a row. In addition, the San Antonio Business Journal named Denim Group as one of the "Best Places to Work" in the city.


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