Industry Sector: Information Technology
Fairfax County is home to 8,800 technology-focused enterprises that deliver a full spectrum of high-end services and solutions to government, industry and consumer markets worldwide. Here you’ll find industry changing businesses reinventing the worlds of:
With one of every four jobs directly related to the technology sector, we attract a constant influx of young talent from around the world. These technology specialists are attracted by the world-changing opportunities present here, and the unparalleled quality of life. Partners such as the Northern Virginia Technology Council, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech all contribute to the IT ecosystem here.
Whether it’s the public, private or hybrid cloud, Fairfax County embraces servers, storage, networking, virtualization and applications. The county’s strong concentrations of cloud computing businesses provide products across the spectrum, including infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.
Fairfax County firms that are entrenched in the cloud benefit from a highly skilled workforce and a customer base of both government and private sector clients, not to mention the robust internet infrastructure.
Incredibly, 70 percent of world Internet traffic passes through Northern Virginia Internet exchange points and data centers. Two important internet exchange points are located in Fairfax County in Reston and Tysons. Northern Virginia is among the world leaders in concentration of data centers.
With unparalleled market access to large public- and private-sector clients as well as major information technology vendors and consulting firms, our robust cyber cluster includes more than 500 firms, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Fairfax County is the U.S. hub for the nexus of cybersecurity and national-defense assets.
Of the top Cybersecurity 500 global firms, more than 50 have a presence in Fairfax County, with nearly half of those headquartered here. Our business climate, infrastructure and proximity to the nation’s capital have made Fairfax County the ideal location for the CIA, Department of Homeland Security, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and for the companies that serve them.
Fairfax County supports the next generation of cybersecurity developers with colleges and universities, business accelerators, access to research grants and supporting services such as the MACH37 cyber accelerator at the Center for Innovative Technology. The local ecosystem provides a highly integrated network of hundreds of cybersecurity experts to promote innovations and commercial success. The FCEDA has hosted and sponsored cybersecurity conferences around the globe and collaborates with security organizations such as The Hague Security Delta, IsraelDefense, UKTI and BICC NET.
Every day, businesses in Fairfax County are turning the data tsunami into useful, actionable information. Financial services, healthcare, software and information technology, communications, consumer markets, energy and utilities are top private-sector markets for data analytics spending. Meantime, the U.S. federal government is one of the largest users and producers of data in the world. The Department of Defense, intelligence community and civilian agencies are leading clients of our area’s data analytics companies.
Fairfax County has the skilled workforce to support data analytics and rapid expansion at all levels. In fact, the Washington, D.C., region leads the nation in the number of research scientists, operation research analysts, statisticians and computer/informational software developers. Fairfax County’s concentration of computer and mathematical occupation workers is nearly double the national average.
Driven by the increasing demands of the Internet of Things, mobile applications, social networking, digital marketing and other projects that require secure, on-line data storage and analysis, Fairfax County will continue to see rapid growth and opportunity for companies in this sector.
Digital Media Communication
Digital media includes web applications and services, video and film production, interactive producers and content users. In Fairfax County, fast-growing start-ups and established businesses alike have expertise in building mobile applications, user experience and user interface design, gaming, social networks, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.
Traditional and new media companies in the county provide expertise in email and geolocation marketing, content creation and advertising. All take advantage of the county’s workforce assets to serve mobile network operators, content providers, mobile app developers and device retailers.
With access to large business and consumer markets, digital media firms large and small thrive in Fairfax County. A highly skilled workforce provides the technical talent — application developers, Java developers, software developers and Ruby engineers — and the creative talent, including writers, editors, graphic designers and video editors that digital media companies demand.
Fairfax County’s access to government and private-sector customers, highly-skilled workforce, educational training programs and like-minded technology firms give software companies a distinct advantage. It’s the place to find application developers, Java developers, programmers, software developers and Ruby on Rails engineers.
From enterprise software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) to 3D printing, smart machines, cloud computing, Web-scale IT and security, these companies run the software spectrum in a high-demand, high-profile atmosphere for government, business-to-business and retail.