(San Antonio) -- 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. The grant expands on an initial $1 million in DHS funding in 2004 to train communities to develop and conduct their own exercises.
"We appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's continuing support in recognizing UTSA's efforts to assist state and local governments in the prevention of cyber-terror attacks," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo.
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 cybersecurity, 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.
Earlier this year, CIAS personnel participated in the Department of Homeland Security's CyberStorm National Cyber Security Exercise in Washington, D.C. The center was selected after leading the highly successful Dark Screen cyber terrorism exercise for San Antonio in 2002 and 2003, bringing national attention as the first city in the nation to conduct a cyber-security exercise.
Additionally, 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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the premier institutions of higher education in South Texas and one of the fastest growing universities in the state. One of nine academic universities and six health institutions that comprise the UT System, UTSA is the second largest institution in the system. Celebrating its 37th anniversary, UTSA serves more than 28,500 students enrolled in 62 bachelor's, 43 master's and 19 doctoral degree programs.
Programs are offered through the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, and Sciences, and the Graduate School. A Top 100 Hispanic-serving institution, UTSA is ranked among the top 10. A university of access and excellence, UTSA is committed to research and discovery, teaching and learning, and public service.
UTSA'S CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE ASSURANCE AND SECURITY HISTORY AND FACT SHEET