In June 2018, aerospace giant Lockheed Martin announced plans to expand the company's cyber operations as the first tenant in Port San Antonio’s new Project Tech facility in Texas.
This week, the company officially opened the doors to the new 15,000-square-foot space after a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Over the next five years, the secure workspace will be home to Lockheed's Cyber Solutions operations as well as more than 100 cyber professionals, including systems engineers, cyber architects, and software developers. The team will work on full-spectrum cyber tools and platforms.
According to Jon Rambeau, VP and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s C6ISR division, the demand for cyber services and technologies is rising so rapidly that the company needed to expand its cyber business into two market segments: Cyber Solutions and Spectrum Convergence. In a statement, Rambeau said that both teams will work at the new facility in Texas.
Lockheed chose Project Tech's complex because it's located near the Department of Defense as well as the intelligence community, including the NSA and Air Force intelligence. The 90,000-square-foot facility was built to bring more cybersecurity jobs to the area. However, filling the roles could be an issue.
According to CyberSeek, the current U.S. cybersecurity workforce includes a little more than 768,000 positions. From April 2017 to March 2018, there were nearly 302,000 cybersecurity job openings in the private and public sectors, and the supply of cybersecurity workers remains "very low."
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