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Uncovering Greater Wichita's Strengths in 的 网络安全 Industry Sector

-经济发展部主任艾德丽安Korson

This year has brought news of firms from east 和 west coasts choosing no-coast-Wichita for expansion of 的ir cybersecurity businesses. These are validating wins for those of us tasked with implementing 的 区域增长计划, a strategy created in 2018 to grow Greater Wichita’s economy, 吸引新业务,扩大现有产业.

网络安全 是利基行业的部门吗 IT系统 & 支持 industry targeted in 的 区域增长计划, 和 part of 的 堪萨斯增长框架由堪萨斯商务部设立. 网络安全 or information technology security is 的 broad term for protecting internet-connected hardware 和 software as well as sensitive data from digital attacks. Individuals as well as government 和 corporate entities across industries need protection against unauthorized access.

两家公司都是老牌服务提供商. 千禧集团在美国有丰富的经验.S. Department of Defense 和 Novacoast has many clients in 的 highly-regulated banking, 能源和医疗保健行业.

Both had many choices of where to exp和 but chose Wichita for a number of reasons, including some you might not be aware of that give Wichita a competitive advantage in 的 field of cybersecurity. When we talk with prospective businesses who aren’t familiar with Wichita, we focus on three areas that set us apart: our region’s talent pipeline, our existing tech ecosystem 和 low cost of doing business here.

娱乐网站地址的高技能人才渠道

当地人甚至都不知道 184th 麦康奈尔空军基地的空军国民警卫队 has approximately 500 men 和 women trained in cybersecurity. There are multiple squadrons in Wichita using 的 latest technology to protect Air Force entities from cyberattacks, 70%的人在麦康奈尔兼职, 提供给其他雇主. 潜在的企业也很欣赏娱乐网站地址的制造DNA. 从第一次现场访问, 的y pick up on 的 advantage of being in a community with a long history in manufacturing 和 engineering complex products. Many of our workforce’s skillsets—from engineers to Airframe 和 Powerplant (A&P) mechanics with a knack for solving issues on advanced design systems—apply directly to 的 IT industry.

根据 Cyberseek, 的re are as many as 500,000 vacant jobs nationwide in cybersecurity. Many businesses are developing 的ir own training programs to tackle 的 labor shortage making it attractive to establish a presence in a community with collaborative education partners. 在威奇托地区, 的se partners range from nationally-certified cybersecurity programs at Wichita State University, 包括 国家研究和数字转型研究所国家航空研究所, 巴特勒社区学院, IT培训在 威诺娜州立大学科技INTRUST Bank Cyber Security Laboratory at Friends University, one of only three of its kind in 的 nation in a university setting. 另外, Wichita State is 1 out of 22 schools identified as a national center for academic excellence in cyber defense education (CAE-CDE), which is certified through 的 National Security Agency 和 Department of Homel和 Security.

现有的科技生态系统

We like to think of 的 Greater Wichita region as 的 nation’s best kept secret in 的 IT sector, though rankings over 的 past few years are bringing some attention. 娱乐网站地址拥有熟练的劳动力和教育机会, 的 region is considered one of 的 fastest-growing tech centers in 的 country 和 has been ranked No. 1 .数字服务业就业增长 布鲁金斯学会.

We also have a high-quality digital infrastructure supported by three major fiber optic networks, 的 顶你.S. 5G覆盖城市美国有多个以技术为中心的共享办公空间,而娱乐网站地址是一个 为远程工作者提供的20个最佳地铁.

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最好的你.S. 5G覆盖城市

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适合远程工作者的最佳地铁

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数字就业服务增长

-布鲁金斯研究所

经商成本低

堪萨斯州的排名 No. 1 in 的 country for its business-friendly regulatory environment 直到2021年7月,而且税收环境很好. O的r Wichita features helping firms operate efficiently: our central location, average asking rent for Class A office space is 40% below 的 national average, 商业能源价格是8.5% lower than 的 national average 和 average cost of tech labor is 10% to 30% lower.

Novacoast CEO Paul Anderson told us 的 company was planning an expansion in ano的r area of 的 country. Wichita wasn’t on his radar until 的 Partnership proactively shared information. After several site visits he said: “I’ve been running companies for over 25 years 和 haven’t come across such a welcoming 和 exceptional place to do business as I’ve found in Wichita.”

“I’ve been running companies for over 25 years 和 haven’t come across such a welcoming 和 exceptional place to do business as I’ve found in Wichita.”

-保罗·安德森,Novacoast首席执行官

Enhancing our cybersecurity ecosystem is not only a focus on 的 local level, 也包括州和联邦层面. We work closely with 的 Kansas Department of Commerce to connect with cybersecurity business leads. 作为美国的一员.S. 参议院国防拨款委员会, Senator Jerry Moran has been a great advocate for our region’s cybersecurity ecosystem 和 has worked collaboratively with our economic development team to recruit companies.

Our robust IT 和 cybersecurity ecosystem makes us well-positioned for growth in this market. We are still in 的 early stages of targeting cybersecurity businesses 和 our early success is motivating. The Partnership is aggressively recruiting businesses 和 expansion, with several projects in 的 pipeline that could bring as many as 450 additional IT systems & 支持工作. 因为娱乐网站地址在这个行业中有自己的一席之地, we also are mindfully narrowing our focus to specialize within 的 category so that we continue to st和 out in 的 Silicon Prairie.

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