(Oct. 13, 2011) -- Eight teams of four college students each from San Antonio and as far away as Corpus Christi will gather Saturday to battle for the chance to be champions at the second annual Panoply Cyber Competition. Hosted by the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the cyber challenge simulates an average workday for a cyber-security professional.
The 2011 competition is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel, 611 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas, 78216.
Panoply combines elements of offense and defense in a live, head-to-head event. Teams compete against each other to control virtual computer systems and defend captured resources against attacks from other teams.
Celebrated during Cyber Security Awareness Month, the competition aims to establish a pipeline of highly qualified college students who are interested in pursuing cyber-security careers. It also gives the region’s colleges and universities an opportunity to evaluate their cyber-security curriculum and adjust it to meet the industry’s changing demands.
This year's event will include teams from UTSA, Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, San Antonio College, St. Phillip's College and Our Lady of the Lake University.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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