Greg White in the classroom
Greg White
Greg White in the classroom

Greg White named director of Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 14, 2005)--Greg White has been named director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

He will oversee the center that has received over the last four years more than $10 million in research grant funding from the Air Force Research Lab and the Office of Domestic Preparedness in the Department of Homeland Security.

"I am honored to be chosen to be the director for such an exciting organization," said White. "The CIAS has accomplished much in the last four years and has begun to establish a reputation in several areas, including cyber security exercises and cyber security competitions."

Established in 2001, CIAS leverages San Antonio's infrastructure assurance strengths and bolsters research and educational initiatives in this field. The multidisciplinary research center is a partnership between academia, the information technology security industry and the local Air Intelligence Agency to address the technical and policy issues of information assurance and security and to provide security training.

Since joining UTSA in 2001, White has served as CIAS interim director and technical director and associate professor of computer science and information systems. Before coming to UTSA, he was a senior scientist and vice president of professional services for SecureLogix Corp. of San Antonio.

In addition to his academic experience, White also has more than 20 years of military service as an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Air Force Academy and as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

White has authored or co-authored 17 books or scientific publications and made 60 presentations on cyber security at national and international conferences worldwide. Additionally, he serves on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection and as chair of the Information Assurance Subcommittee.

CIAS is part of UTSA's newly created Institute for the Protection of American Communities (IPAC), which was established to provide technical expertise and solutions to security challenges faced by communities.

UTSA is the first Texas university and one of 66 in the nation with the "Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education" designation by the National Security Agency (NSA). The designation means UTSA's curriculum and faculty meet or exceed NSA standards to teach information-assurance security and makes the university eligible to apply for grants from NSA and the National Science Foundation.

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