Through the UT System Chancellor's 2015 Vision, Chancellor William McRaven has identified a series of eight initiatives called ‘Quantum Leaps’. Leveraging the collective research power and facilitating collaboration across all 14 universities and healthcare institutions, UT System will address complex societal challenges, UTSA is particularly well-positioned to contribute to National Security with our cybersecurity expertise and capabilities.
Recent surveys of cybersecurity professionals ranked the UTSA program as the number one education program in cybersecurity in the United States in 2014 (Ponemon Institute for Hewlett Packard) and the number two graduate program in cybersecurity in 2016 (Universities.com). Under the leadership of President Ricardo Romo, UTSA has been a champion in the cybersecurity realm since 2000, and current expansion of UTSA’s cyber efforts demonstrates the institution’s commitment to the Chancellor’s Quantum Leaps. President Romo continues the momentum with a plan to recruit leading cybersecurity faculty under the GoldStar Initiative, with six new hires slated for 2017. In addition, UTSA, with resources and guidance from UT System, has adopted a forward thinking, novel approach to cybersecurity education that is scalable, cost-efficient, and highly effective.
UTSA has two key designations from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
National Center of Academic Excellence in:
• INFORMATION ASSURANCE RESEARCH (CAE-R)
• INFORMATION ASSURANCE (IA)/CYBER DEFENSE (CD)
Spanning three colleges – including the Colleges of Business, Engineering and Sciences - the cybersecurity program includes five nationally recognized research centers, the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS), the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security (CERI2S), the Open Cloud Institute (OCI), and the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI).
Institute for Cyber Security (ICS)
Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D., Executive Director
The ICS focuses on doctoral level sponsored research with special emphasis on security and privacy policies and models applied to Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Social Computing, Big Data and Cyber-Physical Systems. It operates two world-class academic research labs for Cloud Computing and Malware.
Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS)
Greg White, Ph.D., Director
CIAS is the foremost center for multidisciplinary education and development of operational capabilities in the areas of infrastructure assurance and security. They were selected to lead the response to Presidential Executive Order 13691 to create the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization in 2015.
Open Cloud Institute (OCI)
Bernard Arulanandam, Ph.D., M.B.A., Interim Director
The OCI fosters collaboration with industry, positioning UTSA and San Antonio as world leaders in cloud computing technology. The OCI focuses on Cloud Security, Multi Clouds, and Machine Learning.
Most recently, the OCI Bootcamp and Certification Pipeline was launched with local industry partners,
employing UTSA students with specific cyber and cloud skill sets.
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI)
Juan Gomez, Ph.D., P.E., Interim Director
The Energy Institute serves as a catalyst for developing innovative research programs in collaboration with local utilities, industry partners, and key stakeholders. The Institute is helping the San Antonio area position itself as the epicenter of the new energy economy.
H. Raghav Rao, Ph.D.
Rao’s research interests include information assurance, management information systems, emergency response management systems, decision support systems and e-business. A renowned academic, he was ranked No. 3 in publication productivity internationally in a Communications of the Association for Information Systems study.
Rao has authored or co-authored more than 175 technical publications and co-edited four books including Information Assurance, Security and Privacy Services. He is co-editor in chief of Information Systems Frontiers, advisory editor of Decision Support Systems and senior editor at MIS Quarterly. He also chairs a United Nations affiliated working group for Information Systems Security Research. Rao has recently been invited to join the National Academy of Medicine Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during large-scale emergency events.
In addition to being a prolific scholar, he is also renowned for his ability to secure external grant funding. He currently has three on-going National Science Foundation grants covering topics such as insider threat, phishing and the recent security breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He has also received funding for his research from the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.
Prior to joining UTSA’s faculty, he served as the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Buffalo, where he had worked since 1987. He received his Ph.D. from the Krannert Graduate School at Purdue University. Rao is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a member of Infragard.
Chair: Bernard Arulanandam
College of Liberal Arts: Dan Gelo | Raquel Marquez
College of Business: Gerry Sanders | Hamid Beladi
College of Engineering: JoAnn Browning | Harry Millwater
College of Sciences: George Perry | Floyd Wormley