IPSecure to double space at Port San Antonio, hire 50 new tech workers
San Antonio information technology firm IPSecure Inc. is more than doubling its facilities at Port San Antonio and expanding its staff of 120 by up to 50 new employees, IPSecure and the Port said Wednesday.
The defense contractor is adding another 12,000 square feet at 903 Billy Mitchell Blvd., which includes additional secured compartmentalized information facility (SCIF) space, according to the announcement. IPSecure estimates the expansion will cost around $1.2 million, its Director of Cyber Strategy and Integration Jeff Medina said via email.
SCIFs are rooms designed for classified discussions, similar to the White House Situation Room.
The company keeps a low profile (just check out its minimalist website), but has several high-profile clients including the Air Force, National Security Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency. IPSecure is also trying to go after clients in the commercial sector.
IPSecure provides a wide range of IT services, but the bulk of its work is in cybersecurity, Medina said in an interview. IPSecure initially focused on telecommunications security for the Defense Department but has since “grown its areas of specialization to include testing of computer networks to secure them from external and internal threats,” according to Wednesday’s announcement.
Construction for the expansion is ongoing and is expected to be completed later this year, said Port San Antonio spokesperson Paco Felici. IPSecure already has one completed SCIF space, he said, and they are working now to build out another in the expansion.
IPSecure was founded in 2000 by former Air Force avionics electronics lead Jesse Rodriguez. Its headquarters are in North San Antonio at 12001 Network Blvd and IPSecure started with 8,000 square feet at the Port in 2015.
“The intent was to be within arm’s reach of our current Air Force customers, and supporting the Air Force weapons systems there locally under the purview of the 24th and 25th Air Force,” Medina said of the expansion.
The 24th Air Force in San Antonio is part of U.S. Cyber Command and rents space at the port.
IPSecure’s space at the Port provides the company “an opportunity to train all our operators on a training platform and what we call a joint information operations range, to become advanced network defenders, penetration testers, etc., before ever putting them on a production network,” Medina said.
Employees can also use the facility’s secure environment to test ideas and products before putting them out into the real world, where the military depends on the reliability and availability of its data, Medina said.
IPSecure also uses its space at the port for some of the outreach programs it supports, he said, like military cyber professional associations, and CoderDojo.
The company is looking for programmers, network defenders, penetration testers, IT engineers and information security system managers, among other professionals, Medina said. The expanded staff is needed to support new contracts, he said.
“We were just blessed to have won two or three contracts here recently with the Air Force, so we need a place to on-board folks, get them spun up,” Medina said.
And as IPSecure breaks into the commercial sector it is also going to be standing up a commercial security operations center at the port, he said.
IPSecure has about 120 employees, and expects to be at 170 within the next two or three months, Medina said. Many of IPSecure’s employees are actually on-site helping government customers, not based in IPSecure’s facilities, he said.