(Feb. 21, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio cyber security program has been ranked the best in the nation, according to a national survey of certified information technology security professionals. The Ponemon Institute conducted the survey for Hewlett-Packard.
>> Learn more about the ranking in Computerworld.
"UTSA's success in cyber security is based on the exceptional faculty that have built a world class education and research program," said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences. "Their efforts are leading the way for excellence as UTSA positions itself to become a Tier One research institution."
UTSA is a recognized leader in the field of infrastructure assurance and security by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The university is one of 58 U.S. institutions to hold the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) designation. The CAE-R program in information assurance aims to increase the understanding of robust technologies, policies and practices through research to enable the United States to effectively prevent or respond to a catastrophic cyber event.
UTSA also is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE). The CAE program reduces vulnerability in the U.S. information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance and by supporting a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise.
Security is one of UTSA's five core research strengths. The university offers top-tier academic programs in security through the College of Sciences, College of Business and College of Engineering to meet the public and private sectors' need for new and highly qualified cyber security professionals.
UTSA also is home to the Institute for Cyber Security, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Assurance and Security. The centers and institutes are focused on solving global security challenges in today's increasingly technological world. They also give UTSA students the opportunity to conduct research alongside some of the nation's most respected faculty members in security.
"Several years ago, UTSA made a strategic decision to invest in the area of cyber security and hire experts in the field from around the nation to conduct research and teach our students," said Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim vice president for research. "The latest ranking and recognition are yet another validation of the success of this approach."
Hewlett-Packard's ranking was derived from a survey that asked 2,000 certified IT professionals to rank the top five strongest colleges and universities in security from a list of 403 educational institutions. Respondents rated each school's program according to their perceptions of the school's academic rigor, faculty quality, professional reputation and other qualifications.
UTSA is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. Additionally, it is one of eight U.S. universities ranked among the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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