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A TOP HUB IN THE NATION FOR CYBERSECURITY
Cybersecurity and advanced computer technologies have been recognized, by state and local governments, as an industrial cornerstone for the Arizona economy. Leadership is committed to supporting this vital industry. Greater Phoenix is one of the top markets in the nation to locate and expand cybersecurity.
With significantly lower cost of living across all major expenditures, Greater Phoenix also offers shorter commute times for more free time and more than 300 days of sunshine annually.
Greater Phoenix offers faster fiber connectivity, and consistent and reliable power coverage. The region’s robust network of data centers is complemented by access to a leading domestic and international airport and a low risk of natural disasters.
Real estate is more affordable with better benefit costs compared to peer markets. There are a number of quality incentives to further decrease operating costs for your business.
Specialized programs at universities across the state train talent. University alignment and partnerships assist in the undertaking of cybersecurity research and development.
Greater Phoenix has a robust ecosystem of independent cybersecurity firms and units from Fortune 500 companies which offer access to secure testing facilities.
GREATER PHOENIX TALENT PIPELINE
The region produced over 1,500 graduates in these fields during the 2015 to 2016 school year and those figures are continuing to climb. The region’s universities are committed to supplying the workforce needed to enable companies to scale in the region.
NOTABLE PROGRAMS IN CYBERSECURITY - RELATED FIELDS
In a competitor markets’ talent pipeline analysis, Greater Phoenix has closed the gap between New York and San Francisco in producing cyber-related degrees per 100,000 in population.
- Arizona State University is committed to partnering with corporate, education, and government organizations to produce skilled cybersecurity workforce.
- The University of Arizona offers an AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program.
- At Grand Canyon University, you can earn an IT degree with a cybersecurity emphasis.
- The University of Advancing Technology has one of the longest-running cybersecurity degrees in the Southwest.
Cybersecurity Canyon is a group of industry leaders led by Ori Eisen, Joe Loomis, Sean Moshir, and Kyle Starkey that has decided to take up the challenge of finding and attracting talent to staff cybersecurity openings. They are committed to developing long-term solutions that nurture a vibrant local community of cybersecurity talent and entrepreneurs. They believe that these efforts will turn the Phoenix Metro area into a hotbed of cyber talent. Additionally, the group hopes to foster new educational partnerships that help universities train job-ready students.
Pipeline AZ is a strategic workforce platform that is revolutionizing the way students and job seekers connect their passions and experiences with rewarding opportunities. Through this platform, individual skills, interests, and experiences are matched with local companies’ skills and experience needs. These high-quality matches produce a stronger fit between employee and employer resulting in better retention rates and workforce satisfaction. Pipeline AZ gives the job seeker control of their own career pathway through tailored resources, personally curated information and customized opportunities. Pipeline AZ provides employers with a more efficient way to access regional talent on demand; educators with an avenue to improve their curriculum to match market needs; and talent with the resources needed to develop a more fulfilling career.
Greater Phoenix has a rich ecosystem of cybersecurity companies. A large number of successful companies were founded in the region, and some were scaled into the region efficiently.
MAJOR OPERATION CENTER EMPLOYERS
The Greater Phoenix region is home to a rich cybersecurity ecosystem. Part of this ecosystem is non-cybersecurity firms that have cybersecurity operations in the region.
The labor cost data below depicts the 75th percentile wages across peer markets for cybersecurity occupations. Scroll to the side to see how Greater Phoenix stacks up against other cities.
|OCCUPATION||PHOENIX||SAN FRANCISCO||LOS ANGELES||BOSTON||NEW YORK||SEATTLE|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||$142,219||+$56,062||+$23,683||+$50,270||+$105,327||+$26,179|
|Computer and Information Research Scientists||$167,772||+$52,526||+$10,815||+$16,302||+$53,483||+$10,662|
|Computer and Information Analysts||$137,388||+$82,287||+$50,476||+$35,534||+$111,061||+$28,135|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$129,065||+$21,062||+$16,314||+$27,064||+$36,571||+$39,586|
|Software Developers, Applications||$110,557||+$25,642||+$6,934||+$7,342||+$22,316||+$8,551|
|Computer Occupations, All Other||$97,109||+$40,245||+$28,336||+$31,485||+$54,816||+$25,719|
|Computer Network Architects||$116,966||+$33,485||+$16,300||+$19,600||+$23,423||+$39,534|
|Information Security Analysts||$120,661||+$36,996||+$26,791||+$23,973||+$26,208||+$19,644|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$120,936||+$41,753||+$22,108||+$31,633||+$32,299||+$14,642|
|Data Entry Keyers||$100,675||+$35,104||+$10,405||+$22,976||+$16,577||+$16,361|
|Average Salary & Cost Difference||$114,171||+$37,881||+$18,591||+$22,585||+$41,429||+$20,723|
The Annual Business Operating Cost Pro-forma below has been prepared using the following parameters as an estimate for cybersecurity operations in competitor markets. Component and custom analyses to match your company’s operations can be provided upon request.
- $2,500,000 personal property investment
- 9,000 square foot Central Business District
- Utilities (per month): Included in lease
- 86 jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics equivalent occupations)
|Computer & Information Systems Managers||2|
|General & Operations Managers (Human Resurces)||1|
|Computer Network Architects||9|
|Computer Network Suport Specialists||8|
|Information Security Analysts||21|
PERCENTAGE HIGHER THAN PHOENIX’S ANNUAL OPERATING EXPENSES BY METRO
Arizona Competes funds
- Discretionary funds that can be used to attract, expand and retain Arizona enterprises
Quality jobs tax credit
- $9,000 of corporate income tax credits per job, spread over 3 years
- Capped at 10,000 jobs per year
- Four tiers of qualification that all require at least 65% of benefits packaged covered by employer
qualified facilities refundable tax credit
- Targets aerospace, biomedical, science, and technology and high-tech manufacturing sectors for manufacturing, R&D, and manufacturer HQ functions.
- Lesser of 10% of capital investment or $20,000 per job per phase (phase determined by client)
- Requires wages of greater than 125% of the state median wage for production occupations ($41,133) in urban areas, and above the median wage in rural areas ($32,906).
- Minimum investment of $250,000
COMPANIES IN GREATER PHOENIX
- 41st Parameter
- ADT Cybersecurity
- Bishop Fox
- Clear Data
- Early Warning
- Kudelski Security
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