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IntelliGenesis, a cybersecurity services provider to the Defense Department and intelligence community, has set up operations at Port San Antonio on the Southwest Side, the latest cyber-focused company to join the city’s largest technology hub.

Founded in 2007, Maryland-based IntelliGenesis had worked in San Antonio for more than a decade without establishing a regional office. Now, it will share a 5,000-square-foot space with Austin-based accelerator Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation program in the Boeing Center at Tech Port.

“We’re interested in being able to diversify with the Air Force customers down here and some of the other customers as well,” said Angie Lienert, founder and CEO of IntelliGenesis, which provides cybersecurity training, other cyber services and artificial intelligence-powered tools. “Port San Antonio, I truly feel they are showing that they’re dedicated to innovation and dedicated to bring the technology and capabilities here when a lot of other locations just talk about it. It’s a great place for us to be and for us to grow.”

The company moved into the Capital Factory space in May, Lienert said. It has 10 employees in San Antonio and expects to rotate three workers on the port campus, while the rest remain at government facilities. Overall, it has 160 employees in Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska and Utah.

IntelliGenesis is the 14th private-sector cybersecurity company to locate on the campus, Port San Antonio CEO Jim Perschbach said.

Port San Antonio, adjacent to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, continues to attract cybersecurity companies to its 1,900-acre campus. The former Kelly AFB’s roster of more than 80 tenants now employs 18,000 workers. In the past year, the port said, it has created 2,000 jobs.

The location is attractive to cybersecurity companies such as IntelliGenesis that are interested in contracting with Defense Department and intelligence agencies in San Antonio. The city also is home to the Air Force’s cyber unit and the National Security Agency.

Plans to grow

Lienert, an Air Force veteran, said she had been speaking with Port San Antonio officials for years about moving to the campus because it “fits in so well with our core values and our brand.”

Lienert did not disclose details of its arrangement or the company’s revenue.

“This is just our first step as we continue to grow our footprint here,” she said.

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Rich Valdez, IntelliGenesis’ chief strategy officer in San Antonio, said the company began speaking with Capital Factory staff about tapping into the Air Force’s AFWERX acceleration program. Capital Factory, which moved into the Boeing Center last year, created its Center for Defense Innovation program to build partnerships between the private sector and clients in the Defense Department and intelligence community.

Valdez said IntelliGenesis plans to hire more employees in a city boasting the largest number of cybersecurity workers in the United States outside the Washington, D.C., area.

“What better place to do it than here,” said Valdez, an Air Force veteran and former chief technology officer of IPSecure, a San Antonio-based information technology services and consulting company.

The company is also looking to tie into local universities “to identify those next-generation data engineers, data scientists and data architects because there’s a need,” Valdez said.

Valdez is a member of the Cyber and Analytics Board of Advisors at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business and a former chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Cyber Council.

Lienert has moved employees to San Antonio from Maryland and said that local cybersecurity experts have expressed interest in joining the company.

“We just have to build it so they can work for us,” she said.

The work

Over the years, IntelliGenesis has made a name for itself offering specialized cybersecurity courses to clients, according to its website. It also helps customers develop and deploy software for offensive cyber operations and conducts “reverse engineering of advanced malware” in defensive cyber operations for countering threats to U.S. infrastructure.

Its engineers provide data sets built in the cloud to intelligence communities and are increasingly developing AI models to “provide early warning for threats across both cyber and physical domains.” Last month, the company announced its latest product, the KrakenAI, a generative AI model designed for offensive and defensive operations. Generative AI technology is designed to generate text and images in response to prompts; it has become more mainstream since the chatbot called ChatGPT was launched for free online use in November.

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Looking ahead, Lienert said she plans to bring one of her company’s IG Labs to San Antonio, where employees can use AI and machine learning to develop software and hardware.

“We really want San Antonio to have a matched IG Lab,” Lienert said, describing it as the company’s innovation division that moves technology from prototype to operational.

Perschbach said he was “excited on several fronts,” including the IG Lab.

“It’s really a laboratory environment, which will be largely visible to visitors and potential clients and visitors to the Boeing Center,” he said. “It’s the building and bolstering of this innovative ecosystem that really has me excited.”


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