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UTSA CIAS releases PC version of Cyber Threat Defender

UTSA CIAS releases PC version of Cyber Threat Defender

(June 5, 2018) -- San Antonio is a national leader in cybersecurity, and the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) is continuing that effort by improving the culture of cybersecurity with a computer-based version of its popular card game, Cyber Threat Defender (CTD).

First launched in April 2016, the collectable card game encourages middle and high-school students to learn about cybersecurity.

“High-profile cybersecurity hacks continue to threaten the nation’s security, infrastructure, consumer data and the public and private sectors,” said Greg White, executive director at the CIAS. “While these cyber threats increase, so does the demand for professionals trained on how to defend an organization’s computer network. Unfortunately, by 2020, it’s projected that 1.8 million information security and technology positions will be unfilled. In addition to building our future workforce, Cyber Threat Defender is helping students gain interest and knowledge in cyber-related fields in a fun way.”  

CTD is a multi-player collectible card game that teaches essential cybersecurity information and strategies to students. It is an easy-to-play, engaging game regardless of age or skill level.

Players must protect themselves from attacks while building robust networks to become a true Cyber Threat Defender. Whether the game is used to introduce middle school students to basic vocabulary, hone high school students’ understanding of defense implementation or provide reinforcement in professional training, CTD is a fantastic complement to any STEM or cybersecurity curriculum.

Approximately 12,000 copies of the CTD card game have been distributed to more than 250 schools across 15 states and four countries. The production and distribution of the game is reliant on sponsorship support.

The growing popularity of the card game encouraged UTSA to develop the electronic version to reach more instructors and schools interested in introducing cybersecurity into their classroom curriculum.

The CTD electronic version is now available to instructors – and the general public – for download to supplement their CTD program. The continued growth and management of the electronic version will be dependent on the support of sponsors through advertisement opportunities within the game.

- Julina Macy


Learn more about Cyber Threat Defender including how you can support continued development of the electronic version.

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