Corporate Partnerships and Coworking Spaces

In many ways, coworking spaces are the antithesis of traditional corporate culture. With an environment based on flexible working spaces and 24-hour availability, coworking offices have a fluidity that is nearly non-existent in most 9-5 offices. However, because coworking spaces have become so prevalent, and because coworking spaces are producing some of the most innovative products and services, coworking centers and corporations have formed tentative bonds that offer benefits to each partner.

Money
The coworking economic model is not always the most stable. Because coworking lease agreements tend to be highly fluid, coworking managers don’t always know how much revenue is going to be coming in month over month. Corporate sponsors can lend stability to a coworking company’s budget. With an annual sponsorship, the coworking company sees stable revenue and the corporations gets brand exposure to up-and-coming professionals.

Space
Sometimes, coworking spaces get over-run with members who need space to work. And sometimes, corporations have dozens of empty cubicles to fill. A space exchange helps balance the desk equation by offering an additional resource for each side throughout the year. In conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, a desk exchange program can really help both sides use square footage effectively.

Collaboration
Some of the most innovative thinking happens inside coworking spaces. And some of the best resources are locked up inside the corporate structure. For example, a manufacturer with unused machine time might need a new innovative product to produce. And a coworking team might have some great ideas without the financial resources to produce a prototype or finish product. By coming together, both sides of the equation get to maximize resources with minimum risk.

It’s not always easy for corporations and coworking spaces to find each other. Generally, collaboration must come about through casual contact at MeetUp events and networking parties. And as with any possible endeavor, the partnership takes time to develop into something highly productive. However, coworking spaces are the center of enterprise thinking. And corporations will remain the core of financial resources. So each side has the motivation to seek out the other and find common ground for development.

Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

Wired, November 26, 2016

Alan Turing was the mastermind whose role in cracking the Nazi Enigma code helped the Allies win World War II. He built a machine to do the calculations necessary to decipher enemy messages and today is hailed as the father of the com­puter and artificial intelligence. He’s also widely believed to have been autistic.

Turing was not diagnosed in his lifetime, but his mathematical genius and social inelegance fit the profile for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

And his story illustrates how society benefits when it gives a voice to those who think different. Until he came along, no one perceived the need for a com­puter; they simply needed to crack the code. It took a different kind of mind to come up with that unexpected, profoundly consequential solution.

While Turing’s renown has arguably never been higher, today we are failing to recognize the potential in millions of other talented minds all around us. Like Turing, many of them are also capable of exceptional technological expertise that can help to safeguard our nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 70 million people worldwide—1 percent of the global population—are living with autism. In the US, an upward trend in diagnosis means that the number of adults with ASD is expected to top 3 million by 2020. And today, according to expert estimates, 70 to 90 percent of them are unemployed or underemployed.

The common prejudice is that people with ASD have limited skills and are difficult to work with. To the extent that’s true, it’s a measure of our failure as a society. Almost half of those diagnosed with ASD are of average or above-average intellectual ability.

And we have clear evidence that job-focused training and support services, especially in the transition to adulthood, can make a huge difference, leading to higher levels of employment, more independence, and better quality of life.

But few are getting such help. Programs for adolescents and adults with ASD receive less than 1 percent of all autism-related funding in the US, public and private. (Most spend­ing is on research into the causes of the syndrome and on programs for children.) That we are not preparing these individuals for the future is more than just a personal tra­gedy; it’s a monumental waste of human talent.

In what kinds of jobs could we match the interests and passions of people with ASD and our country’s needs? Well, it just so happens that there is a massive labor shortage in the vital field of cybersecurity. Globally, the damage from cyber attacks by criminals, terrorists, and hostile states is projected to exceed $2 trillion by 2019. Yet the number of unfilled jobs in this area is growing and will likely reach 1 million worldwide next year.

At the same time, more than three-quarters of cognitively able individuals with autism have aptitudes and interests that make them well suited to cybersecurity careers. These include being very analytical and detail-oriented as well as honest and respectful of rules. And there are many other areas in which these talents could quite literally be employed.

A few innovative firms, including Microsoft, SAP, and Freddie Mac, already have pilot programs for hiring people with autism to fill sophisticated IT jobs and other positions. The Gates Foundation, the Milken Institute, and the Hilibrand Foundation have also funded valuable employ­ment and research programs.

But given the coming tsunami of adults with autism, a much broader effort will be required. We need a national strategy, coordinating the efforts of public agencies, companies, and organizations, to bring these valuable minds into the work­force. Such an initiative should focus first on providing meaningful job opportunities for adults who are cognitively able and eventually branch out to more of the autism spectrum.

This effort needn’t start from scratch. Let’s begin by convening those working on the issue in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC—areas where strong research and clinical programs are up and running and where tech industry jobs are readily available. By capitalizing on this existing network, we can seed job hubs around the country for adults with autism.

These hubs would create programs to cultivate expertise in cybersecurity and would teach workplace social skills and independent living skills. They’d also work with industry partners to develop a talent pipeline and help them under­stand how best to integrate autistic employees.

Half a century ago, Turing’s extraordinary abilities helped us win a war and launched the technology that is still reshaping our world. Today we’re facing a new threat, and we must once again band together. This is a tremendous opportunity—to use one social challenge to solve another—and a potentially transformative moment.

Let’s take full advantage of it.

SOURCE: WIRED, November 26, 2016

Year in Review 2016

JANUARY

Data Privacy Day 2016

CyberTECH joined with the Ponemon Institute to co-host “Securing the Internet of Things: Data Privacy Day 2016” (Jan. 28) in Sacramento. The event addressed a wide range of cyber privacy concerns and the importance safeguarding private information about individuals and organizations.

Mobile Solutions for U.S. Navy

CyberTECH co-sponsored a two-day forum (Jan. 26-27) in San Diego themed on “Mobile Solutions for the U.S. Navy.” The event was held in cooperation with SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command), which oversees the sophisticated cyber network of mobile devices that monitor Naval sea, air and land operations.

FEBRUARY:

A collaborative space

CyberTECH soft-opened NEST (Feb. 1), a co-working, incubator and startup collaboration space within the Manpower building in Bankers Hill.  Perched with amazing views overlooking downtown and the San Diego Bay, NEST is 5,000 square feet of CoWork space, part of a 15,000 square feet network of work spaces.

MARCH

NEST on Park Opens

CyberTECH NEST further expanded its incubator and co-working operations by opening NEST on Park, located in the newly refurbished Park6 Building at 6th Avenue and Fir Street, a few blocks from NEST.

APRIL

NEST CoWork officially opens

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders presided over the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (April 6) for the opening of NEST, downtown San Diego’s largest co-working space for tech startups. Covering more than 36,000 square feet, the opening of NEST reflects San Diego’s fast-growing leadership position in the hi-tech/cyber sector.

A tech future for real estate

CyberTECH’s Darin Andersen took part in a panel discussion (April 14) about the shared economy presented by SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), a leading commercial real estate association. CoWork spaces such as NEST, CyberHive, xHive, and iHive are prime examples of innovative real estate products that have changed commercial real estate and the brokerage sector.

MAY

CNBC comes to CyberHive

CNBC correspondent Kate Rogers filed a series of reports (May 23) from CyberHive, including one-on-one interviews with CyberTECH’s Darin Andersen and Citadel Drone Management Solutions’ Daniel Magy. The profile was based on San Diego’s national ascent in the fields of cyber security, biotech, life sciences, mobile technology and aerospace research.

JUNE

A seat at the Startup table

As part of San Diego Startup Week (June 13-17), CyberTECH co-hosted Cyber+IoT Startup Table Breakfast (June 14), themed on moving a company from idea, to seed, through investment, and growth. On hand were entrepreneurs, growth specialists, technologists, investors, and experience design specialists.

JULY

CyberTECH receives $40,000 grant

As part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s commitment to grow San Diego’s tech innovation sector within the “Smart and Safe Cities” campaign, the City of San Diego awarded a $40,000 grant (Sept. 6) to CyberTECH’s NEST CoWork space to help generate the creation of more startups and jobs across the region.

iHive’s Grand Opening

CyberTECH members and special guests were on hand for the official Grand Opening of iHive (July 28). Covering more than 16,000 square feet, iHive at NEST reflects San Diego’s fast-growing leadership role in the hi-tech and cybersecurity sectors. The space is fully leased with more than 50 resident members.

AUGUST

Securing the Internet of Things

CyberTECH hosted three invitation-only events (Aug. 2-4) at the 4th annual Securing the Internet of Things (SIOT) conference in Las Vegas. Known as Black Hat, the event featured global thought leaders, industry experts and luminaries exploring the IoT phenomenon from the private, government and academic perspectives.

SEPTEMBER

A starter program for startups

CyberTECH proudly launched Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) — a six-month, low-rent program designed to build strategic relationships between early-stage companies and CyberTECH’s growing ecosystem of partners and stakeholders. EIR Cohort #100 was welcomed.

OCTOBER

EIR Cohort #200 announced

Nine startup companies were named to CyberTECH’s EIR Cohort #200. The list of wide-ranging startups includes an amino acid-based sports drink, a drone-operator alliance, and a cyber-protection monitoring firm.

A meeting of cyber minds

CyberTECH joined with Securing Our eCity Foundation to present the 8th edition of CyberFest (Oct. 27), featuring keynotes from former CIA director James Woolsey and former FBI agent Eric O’Neill. Hot topics included machine interface, nation-state attacks, the Internet of Things, and the need for business continuity.

NOVEMBER

A very neighborly event

The 3rd annual Good Neighbor Taste of San Diego (Nov. 10), presented by CyberTECH, welcomed hundreds of attendees who enjoyed locally-sourced restaurant samples, brew, and wine along with a Startup Pitch Session and an expert panel on “Building the Good Neighbor Economy.”

DECEMBER

Grind Coffee Shop Opens

Located in iHive (Dec. 14) and open five days a week for the convenience of members, guests and nearby neighbors, Grind provides traditional high-quality coffee selections, including a range of European-style specialties such as Espresso, Cappuccino, Caffe Macchiato, Caffe Latte, and Americanos.

 

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

Nov. 21, 2016

The U.S. government has released what it claims is myth-busting data about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The data points to its own hiring experience.

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In October 2015, the U.S. launched a plan to hire 6,500 people with cybersecurity skills by January 2017, according to White House officials. It had hired 3,000 by the first half of this year. As part the ongoing hiring effort, it held a job fair in July.

At the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “We set out to dispel certain myths regarding cybersecurity hiring,” wrote Angela Bailey, chief human capital officer at DHS in a blog post Monday.

One myth is this: “There is not a lot of cyber talent available for hire,” said Bailey. “Actually, over 14,000 people applied for our positions, with over 2,000 walking in the door. And while not all of them were qualified, we continue to this day to hire from the wealth of talent made available as a result of our hiring event.

“The amount of talent available to hire was so great, we stayed well into the night interviewing potential employees,” said Bailey.

However, the experience of the U.S. government seems counter to what industry studies say is actually going on.

For instance, a report released one day before the government’s job fair in July, Intel Security, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), pointed to a “talent shortage crisis” of cybersecurity skills.

David Foote, co-founder and chief analyst at Foote Partners, is skeptical of the government’s findings, and says there’s really no unemployment among people with cybersecurity skills, “so why would they go to a job fair?”

Why would someone take a government job that will pay less than a beltway consulting firm?

The salary for a senior cyber security specialist, with five or more years of experience, in the Washington D.C. metro area is $132,837, said Foote.

The salary range for an IT specialist in cybersecurity ranges from about $65,000 to to $120,000, depending on skills, experience and educational attainment.

Foote said the appeal of getting a security clearance may have motivated some to apply for a government job. A security clearance can open to subsequent private sector jobs.

But Foote suspects that the U.S. is focusing on hiring people it can train, and not on hiring someone with experience and who would command much higher salaries than can government offer.

In cybersecurity, experience is critical, said Foote. “Cybersecurity is something you have to do, you have a develop an instinct and you only do that with hands on,” he said.

SOURCE: Computerworld, Nov. 21, 2016

Urgent: The first 100 days of cybersecurity in the Trump Administration

Commission urges better cybersecurity

Urgent: The first 100 days of cybersecurity in the Trump Administration

The Associated Press, December 3, 2016

A presidential commission has made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

The release of the 100-page report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity urged immediate action within two to five years and suggested the Trump administration consider acting on some proposals within its first 100 days.

The commission recommended that Trump create an assistant to the president for cybersecurity, who would report through the national security adviser, and establish an ambassador for cybersecurity, who would lead efforts to create international rules.

It urged steps, such as getting rid of traditional passwords, to end the threat of identity theft by 2021 and said Trump’s administration should train 100,000 new cybersecurity workers by 2020.

Other ideas included helping consumers to judge products using an independent nutritional-type label for technology products and services.

“What we’ve been doing over the last 15 to 20 years simply isn’t working, and the problem isn’t going to be fixed simply by adding more money,” said Steven Chabinsky, a commission member and the global chair of the data, privacy and cybersecurity practice for White & Case LLP, an international law firm.

He said the group wanted the burden of cybersecurity “moved away from every computer user and handled at higher levels,” including internet providers and product developers who could ensure security by default and design “for everyone’s benefit.”

The White House requested the report in February and intended it to serve as a transition memo for the next president. The commission included 12 of what the White House described as the brightest minds in business, academia, technology and security. It was led by Tom Donilon, Obama’s former national security adviser.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would accept the group’s recommendations. Trump won the election on promises to reduce government regulations, although decades of relying on market pressure or asking businesses to voluntarily make their products and services safer have been largely ineffective.

Trump’s presidential campaign benefited from embarrassing disclosures in hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff and others.

Plus, Trump openly invited Russian hackers to find and release tens of thousands of personal emails that Clinton had deleted from the private server she had used to conduct government business as secretary of state. He also disputed the Obama administration’s conclusion that Russia was responsible for the Democratic hackings.

Under Obama, hackers stole personal data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on more than 21 million current, former and prospective government employees, including details of security-clearance background investigations for federal agents, intelligence employees and others.

SOURCE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 3, 2016