01 Overview
02 Talent Pipeline
03 Industry Ecosystem
04 Labor Analysis
05 Operating Cost Analysis
06 Statutory Incentives

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Greater Phoenix

A top tech city 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.


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Cost Analysis

Value Proposition

Quality of Life

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.

Cyber Value Chain

Greater Phoenix has a robust ecosystem of independent cybersecurity firms and units from Fortune 500 companies which offer access to secure testing facilities.

Workforce Ecosystem

Specialized programs at universities across the state train talent. University alignment and partnerships assist in the undertaking of cybersecurity research and development.

Competitive Operating Costs

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 cybersecurity business that you’re looking to create or relocate.

Greater Phoenix Talent Pipeline

The region produced over 2,200 graduates in these fields during the 2017 to 2018 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 making Greater Phoenix one of the top tech cities for cybersecurity for those looking to start or relocate your cybersecurity business.

Notable Programs in Cybersecurity - Related Fields

Competitive Programs

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

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 making it a top tech city for cybersecurity businesses to relocate to and even start operations. 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

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.

Major Employers

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.


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


R&D Tax Credit

  • Refundable and nonrefundable corporate income tax credits for qualified research and development done in Arizona, including company funded research at a state university
  • Credit amount is 24% of first $2.5 million in qualifying expenses plus 15% of the qualifying expenses in excess of $2.5 million
  • Qualifying small companies (less than 150 FTE) can apply to make their credit refundable (75% of nonrefundable credit value). A company can receive up to $2.0M in refundable credits per year