The first inductees into the San Antonio Cyber Hall of Honor will be recognized Tuesday, Aug. 23 by industry leaders and the CyberTexas Foundation in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from 5-7 p.m.
The ceremony is part of the annual CyberTexas Conference and will honor cyber trailblazers in the local community who contributed to the creation of one of the leading cybersecurity ecosystems in the U.S.
Recipients are selected by a panel comprised of cyber and IT leaders from the 24 Air Force, 25 Air Force, local area representatives and the CyberTexas Foundation. This is the first year for the Hall of Honor; inductees will be selected every year for recognition. The CyberTexas Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes the cybersecurity industry in the Alamo City.
Joe Sanchez, executive director of the CyberTexas Foundation and chief of network operations at 25th U.S. Air Force operations center at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland has spearheaded the effort to recognize key individuals who have contributed to establishing the cybersecurity discipline for the United States Air Force.
The inaugural inductees are four individuals based in San Antonio:
Larry Merritt is the first director of communications and computer systems security inside the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic Support Center. Merritt was also the first technical director for the Air Force Information Warfare Center and the National Security Agency Defensive Information Operations group. Merritt created the U.S. Air Force’s Computer Emergency Response Center, one of the first of its kind in the country.
Gregory White is director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and was the first faculty member for the UTSA cybersecurity program. White has been involved in computer and network security since 1986 and had a 30-year career with the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.
Lee Sutterfield is president of SecureLogix, a San Antonio-based cybersecurity company and was also the co-founder of the WheelGroup, which acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998 for $124 million. Sutterfield has more than 25 years of experience in communications network management and security, including groundbreaking work in network vulnerability and protection for the Department of Defense Intelligence community and the U.S. Air Force.
“We pioneered the operational model for cybersecurity here in San Antonio, and that story is not widely known,” Sutterfield said. “The first cyber pioneers spread out to industry and other locations, and they can help tell the stories of how cybersecurity started here. San Antonio continues to be a source of cyber talent.”
Glenn Dietrich is a professor in the department of information systems and cybersecurity at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dietrich started the information assurance (IA) program in the College of Business and also founded and was the first director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS).
CyberTexas has a long, ambitious list of goals. At the forefront are six guiding principles: to provide an ongoing platform for the education and skill development of cyber professionals, provide networking for the cybersecurity community, foster local cybersecurity ecosystem development, bring national and international resources to the region to showcase Texas-based cyber assets, identify and encourage business opportunities within and outside of Texas, and create long-term value for the cybersecurity ecosystem of San Antonio and the State of Texas.
The conference is sponsored by The San Antonio Public-Private Cyber Community and the Federal Business Council (FBC) in conjunction with leaders from federal and local government agencies, industry and academia. Registration for conference attendance has closed.
Top image: The first inductees will be recognized at the Cyber Hall of Honor associated with the CyberTexas conference Aug. 23, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Image courtesy CyberTexas.