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In San Diego, Building a Cybersecurity State Is Good Business

How Cities Can Incubate the Next Generation of Digital Warriors

A diver from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Command pushes an underwater robot into its starting location at the International Autonomous Underwater competition in San Diego, Aug. 4, 2006. The confluence of a strong military presence and a robust entrepreneurial culture have produced a growing number of cybersecurity businesses. Photo by Chris Park/Associated Press.

When I joined the Navy in 1970, the projection of Naval sea power was all about strategies to deploy Marines, ships, submarines, and aircraft above, below, and on the sea. Today, there’s a new complication—cybersecurity— as data has become weaponized and hackers seek to attack all manner of targets—companies, cities, nations, even the ships where I once worked.

At the same time, cyberattackers, and their rising diversity and sophistication, offer an opportunity to innovate and grow new markets. You can see what that looks like in San Diego, where I live …

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