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Building a National Security Powerhouse

Today’s world calls for greater collaboration to protect America’s national security infrastructure. UTSA is leading this charge, armed with the most powerful cyber, computing, cloud and data analytics teams of highly recruited faculty, government professionals, business professionals, along with our students.

Our National Security Collaboration Center, which serves as the home base for the Cyber Security Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII), and the construction of our new School of Data Science on our Downtown Campus make UTSA the undisputed leader in cybersecurity education in a major city now referred to as #CyberCityUSA.

The economic future and well-being of San Antonio is very much tied to big data, data sciences, information management and technology, and cybersecurity. By creating an ecosystem here that brings together business strengths of our community and the research expertise of UTSA, we will establish San Antonio as the Silicon Valley of data science and information management.

- UTSA President Taylor Eighmy

UTSA defends cyber space through creative approaches in business, science, engineering, liberal and fine arts. Five centers and institutes advance that work—UTSA Open Cloud Institute, UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, UTSA Cyber Center for Security & Analytics, UTSA Institute for Cyber Security and Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute—by solving global security and sustainable energy challenges in today’s increasingly technological world.

San Antonio is among the nation’s largest cybersecurity hubs and home to the largest concentration of cybersecurity experts and industry leaders outside Washington, D.C. This uniquely positions the city and UTSA to lead the nation in cybersecurity research and workforce development together.

UTSA’s outstanding cybersecurity graduates are heavily recruited and employed quickly in military and governmental positions and with top national/international commercial companies. Opportunities in cybersecurity are growing daily around the globe, in our state and home city. UTSA is ready to fill those positions with our highly trained graduates who are making the cyber world safer.

National Security Collaboration Center

UTSA has taken a leap forward with support from the University Board of Regents and private investments to advance Government, University and Industry (GUI) partnerships in the interest of national security by creating the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC).

The NSCC will give GUI entities the ability to collaborate on scientific investigations and business enterprises by providing research laboratories with state-of-the art hardware and software; a computational Innovation Factory and business incubator to develop prototypes and concepts for the public good; a visualization laboratory to translate big data into images for large-scale, high resolution digital walls; and a high-performance computing center to support the research and development of algorithms and systems for addressing computational and data-intensive problems.

These resources illustrate UTSA’s dedication and resolve to advance research, education and workforce development in cybersecurity, data analytics and cloud computing to improve national security and global defense.

NSCC Specialty Areas

  • Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Election Security
  • Cyber Attack/Deterrence and Policy
  • Infectious Diseases and Biological Threats
  • Military Health and Wellness
  • Demographics Methods and Trends
  • Governance and Policy
  • Emergency Management and Communications
  • Border Studies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Robotics and UAVs
  • Analytics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
UTSA expands Downtown Campus with a National Security Collaboration Center and planned new School of Data Science

With more than 25,000 square feet of space, UTSA’s National Security Collaboration Center is the designated home-base for the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII). Leveraging UTSA’s cybersecurity leadership and location in San Antonio—the second largest cyber ecosystem in the U.S.—CyManII will address our nation’s critical need for energy efficient advanced manufacturing and a secure digital supply chain.

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CyManII leverages the strengths of over 15 major leading universities in partnership with the Department of Energy's National Laboratories. The team brings to bear the most powerful expertise and infrastructure needed to secure the digital transformation that will continue to propel U.S. innovation in manufacturing for decades.

UTSA Cybersecurity Research Centers and Institutes

UTSA Open Cloud Institute

UTSA is a leader in open cloud technology. Its innovative Open Cloud Institute thinks outside the box by supporting cyber students with curriculum in cloud computing and big data and fostering collaborations with industry through its own open cloud, one of the largest in academia. OCI is a research and education laboratory that encourages research, the development and adoption of standards-based open technologies such as Open Compute, OpenStack and OpenFlow by providing infrastructure, platform and software.

UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security

By successfully integrating the efforts of academia, government and industry, the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security has become a national leader in the advancement of state and community cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration. With support from Logistics Management Institute and the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center, UTSA leads the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization. Additionally, it is a founding member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, which provides research-based, cybersecurity-related training, exercises and technical assistance to local jurisdictions, counties, states and the private sector. Other focus areas include cyber defense competitions, cybersecurity training and exercises, and educational game development.

UTSA Cyber Center for Security & Analytics

Housed in the UTSA College of Business, the Cyber Center for Security and Analytics conducts research on a wide variety of cybersecurity and cyber analytics topics. Focus areas include high-impact applied research to better secure people, organizations and their data; improved cyber-related decision making through advanced analytics; and multidisciplinary solutions for real-world challenges to support industry and government partners. The center also plays a key role in pioneering innovative, world-class education programs in cybersecurity, data analytics, and digital and biological pathogenic outbreaks.

UTSA Institute for Cyber Security

The Institute for Cyber Security conducts basic and applied research in partnership with academia, government and industry. With a focus on the balance between security and privacy, its researchers are discovering new methodologies and innovations to keep cyber space safe. ICS researchers and their students are developing commercializable technologies and services that make a real-world impact. The ICS is creating a cybersecurity education pipeline through the newly established Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing (C-SPECC) with support from a $5 million National Science Foundation grant.

Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was founded by UTSA in 2010 to leverage UTSA’s diverse knowledge in energy and related areas, and to position San Antonio as a significant contributor to the 21st century global energy economy. The institute integrates scientific discovery, engineering innovation and policy deliberations with pragmatic implementation and a commitment to multicultural traditions to realize the promise of tomorrow’s America as a global energy leader.

UTSA among best online cybersecurity programs


No. 1 Cybersecurity program in the nation

- Ponemon Institute/Hewlett-Packard

No. 2 Cybersecurity graduate programs in the nation


National Center of Academic Excellence designation in

Cyber Defense
Cyber Operations Fundamental
Information Assurance Research