Texas university to develop cyber-security program
The University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) has been awarded a three-year, $3.1 million competitive training grant from the Department of Homeland Security to support state and community efforts in establishing cyber-security training and development programs.
Established in 2001, CIAS leverages San Antonio’s infrastructure assurance strengths and bolsters research and educational initiatives in the field. The multidisciplinary research center is a partnership between academia, the information technology security industry and the local Air Intelligence Agency.
CIAS addresses the technical and policy issues of information assurance and security and provides security training.
“As one of only three DHS training partners in the nation working in cyber-security, we feel this increased funding supports our efforts to lead and develop models that DHS can recommend states and communities to adopt,” said Greg White, director of UTSA CIAS.
CIAS has conducted cyber-security exercises for several communities throughout the U.S. and Texas. CIAS personnel have worked on infrastructure assurance and security issues for financial services, telecommunications, oil and gas communities, and the chemical sectors in Houston, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Miami and Baltimore.