(July 14, 2014) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo led a contingent of university officials to Washington, D.C., the week of July 13 to discuss critical issues in cybersecurity and UTSA's growing capabilities in cybersecurity and cloud computing.
UTSA has emerged as a national leader in cybersecurity research. Its cybersecurity education and outreach program was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by security professionals in a Ponemon Institute survey conducted for Hewlett-Packard. UTSA is also recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a leader in the field.
The delegation included Mauli Agrawal, vice president for research; Cory Hallam, UTSA chief commercialization officer; Greg White, director of the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security; Gerry Sanders, dean of the College of Business; Bob McKinley, associate vice president for economic development; and Paul Rad, director of applied research in cloud computing.
They met with representatives of the Cyber Team of the White House, briefed several members of the Texas Congressional delegation and held discussions with the Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security. The delegation also met with private-sector industry leaders including Dell, Seagate, Halliburton, Exxon Mobil and Hewlett Packard.
"Collaboration between industry, government and higher education is critical to a strong cyberdefense," said Romo. "The work UTSA is doing with our partners is helping to keep the United States at the forefront of research and innovation."
UTSA is at the heart of San Antonio's expanding cybersecurity community, working directly with the military and industry including with the 24th Air Force Cyber Command – the largest cyber command outside of Washington, D.C. -- the National Security Agency, Rackspace, Raytheon, Microsoft and others.
The UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) was established in 2001 to meet a need for an academic epicenter for cybersecurity education in Texas. The center led the first Dark Screen Cyber Security tabletop exercise in 2002, making San Antonio the first city in the nation to conduct a mock cyberterrorism exercise. UTSA is recognized as a leader in cybersecurity testing, and its experts offer training and preparatory exercises to help organizations across the United States prevent, detect and respond to large-scale cyberattacks.
Researchers at the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) have a deep knowledge of cybersecurity models, architectures, mechanisms and protocols, and technologies. The institute built and operates the ICS FlexCloud, one of the first dedicated academic cloud computing research environments focused on studying security challenges surrounding cloud computing.
The institute is also home to the ICS FlexFarm, an Internet-connected environment providing researchers with a dedicated platform to conduct academic research on malware programs and methods for improving malware detection, faster response times to malware infections and effective malware removal techniques with a special focus on botnets.
One of the largest open clouds in academia resides at UTSA and supports advanced computing and data analytics research. The UTSA Open Cloud is one of just two existing clouds in the Open Compute Project and the only certification center in the United States for new Open Cloud Project working designs and hardware.
"UTSA's program brings together experts from science, engineering and business to conduct research and educate the next generation of cyber security professionals in digital forensics, cyber behavior, network defense, access control, security policy, data provenance, cyberenergy and malware detection," said Agrawal.
The three-day trip concluded with a reception hosted by Mexican Ambassador H.E. Eduardo Medina Mora at the Mexican Cultural Institute honoring UTSA for its cybersecurity ranking and its recognition as the National 2014 Small Business Development Center of the Year.
"These meetings illustrate the interest government and industry has in our cyber programs and the research excellence they find at UTSA," Romo said.
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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