(April 23, 2015) – The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed an amendment by Congressman Joaquin Castro that will expand UTSA's cybersecurity role within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Castro's amendment gives the secretary of DHS the authority to formally establish the UTSA-led National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) within the department. The consortium will address unique issues related to cybersecurity on the state and local level, serving as the lead entity within DHS for cybersecurity training and technical assistance for states and local first responders and officials.
Castro said the amendment elevates the profile of UTSA's cybersecurity research and education program, which last year was ranked No. 1 in the nation by a Ponemon Institute survey of almost 2,000 IT security professionals.
The House unanimously passed a second amendment by Castro that makes self-assessment tools available to small and medium-sized businesses for determining their cybersecurity readiness. The amendments were attached to H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan vote of 355-63, now goes to the U.S. Senate.
"The city of San Antonio and UTSA are national cybersecurity leaders," Castro said. "These amendments elevate the great work being done in our city and help communities and businesses across the country strengthen their cyber defenses. I'm proud of San Antonio's growing role in keeping America's digital assets safe, and I'm pleased both of my amendments passed with such strong bipartisan support."
The NCPC, chaired by UTSA's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), provides training and technical assistance to states and communities to develop viable and sustainable cybersecurity programs. UTSA has become a national leader in the field, with advancements in digital forensics, secure design, and better ways to detect and respond to cyber-attacks.
UTSA is one of only 44 institutions in the nation designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the DHS.
UTSA's cybersecurity program has numerous military, government and private partners. It is aligned with the United States Air Force Cyber Command, the largest contingent of Air Force cybersecurity professionals outside of Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium website.
The events are a collaborative effort between student organizations, student led-groups, and campus departments.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA Alumni Association and the San Antonio Parks Foundation will co-host the official Fiesta event. The outdoor event is family-friendly, with live music, lawn games, a free mechanical bull ride, photo fun, local food, fresh sips, local art and cowboy merch. Admission is free for those who RSVP online, however there will be a $10 entry charge at the gates on the day of the event, as capacity allows.
UTSA Park West Athletics Complex
UTSA is a designated early voting site for the May 4 Joint, General and Special Election. Any registered Bexar County voter can skip the lines and cast a ballot at UTSA from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 30.
H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
The Campus Master Plan task force and Page consultants will share the initial draft of the master plan.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
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Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
In this UTSA 50th anniversary speaker series, Roger Enriquez, UTSA associate professor of criminal justice, explores how immigration past and present helps us understand its future.
Casa Hernán, 411 Cevallos St., San Antonio
Grab a friend and sign up to bowl with fellow Roadrunners and raise money for scholarships.
University Bowl, 12332 I-10 #10, San Antonio
UTSA's first spring Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., May 18 and honors graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and University College.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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