UTSA COB Receives Grant from the OIT Academic Support Solutions Fund to Enhance Computers in Cyber Security Lab

June 30, 2017

Students working in the Cyber Security lab

(Students working in the Cyber Security lab.)

By: Nicole Duff, Communication Specialist

The UTSA Cyber Security Laboratory is home to top-tier UTSA students and researchers involved in UTSA’s nationally-recognized Cyber Security programs. This spring, some of the lab’s computers received an upgrade, while others were refreshed, thanks to a grant provided by the UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) Academic Support Solutions Fund.

UTSA’s Cyber Security programs, which are available through the College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Sciences, were recognized as No. 1 in the nation by the Ponemon Institute. These programs attract renowned faculty and scholars from around the globe. Each year, they churn out highly skilled graduates at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, who secure employment in the military and government agencies.

Therefore, as part of an ongoing effort to maintain UTSA’s standing as a leader in this field and to ensure the continued success of its students, Senior Lecturer in the College of Business and member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) Thomas Cannon, J.D., and Director of Academic Computing John Soudah submitted a proposal for the funding of a project entitled “Tier One Technology for a Tier One Program.”

The purpose of this project is to leverage the technology in one of two Cyber Security labs. The labs are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and tools to enable students to conduct research with faculty, facilitate training as well as the study of cyber forensics. Located in the North Paseo Building (NPB), the selected lab serves a dual purpose as a classroom and laboratory.

“With this funding, we were able to enhance the performance and life cycle of the existing systems in our Cyber Security lab,” said Soudah. “This has increased their longevity and usefulness.”

To help ensure these systems run smoothly, Soudah and his team replaced two out of three of the hard drives in the classroom and performed a memory upgrade on some of the computers in the lab.

“Without the funds, the technology in the Cyber Security lab would not be at the level it is at now,” Cannon stated. “That is what is so great about the additional infusion of cash.”

The COB is one of six UTSA colleges to be awarded funding from the Office of Information Technology Academic Support Solutions Fund, formerly the Technology Fund. Last fall, all nine UTSA colleges were invited to submit proposals for the support of a project aimed at benefitting student life, by way of the OIT Faculty Advisory Committee.

The criteria for proposals stipulated that proposals were required to align with at least one of the goals identified in Blueprint UTSA and adhere to the guidelines of the Automated Services and Computer Access Charge. A subcommittee comprising UTSA students and OIT managers and staff voted on the proposals all of which were awarded funding of varying amounts.

To learn more about UTSA’s Cyber Security Program, please visit: http://www.utsa.edu/spotlights/cybersecurity/

To learn more about the UTSA College of Business, please visit: http://business.utsa.edu/

To learn more about the Automated Services and Computer Access Charge, please click here.