|Cyber Security Center in San Antonio Has New Facility
The University of Texas at San Antonio celebrated new facilities for one of the nation's leading cyber security training facilities, the Institute for Cyber Security-Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security. The 9,000-square-foot facility contains offices and a classroom to teach government and private-sector employees about cyber security and how to fend off malicious attacks.
“This is now Cyber City, USA,” UTSA President Ricardo Romo said, adding that it's an $8 billion industry. “We could not have better friends and partnerships.” One of those friends is U.S. Representative Ciro Rodriguez, who jump-started the center back in 2001 when he asked UTSA to conduct the nation's first dark-screen exercise to explore how officials would react if hackers tried to bring down the region's critical infrastructure, such as the power grid. Since then, Rodriguez has delivered millions in earmarks for the center, which has grown from around five to 30 employees. Under the direction of Greg White, staff members have traveled to dozens of U.S. cities to train communities to recognize and defend against cyber attacks.
Congress and the Homeland Security and Defense departments have thrown their money behind UTSA, which the New York Times has named one of the best places to get training as a “cyber sleuth.” In 2007, UTSA hired internationally renowned expert Ravi Sandhu to head up the university's Institute for Cyber Security, where he researches social network security, critical infrastructure protection and trustworthy cloud computing. Last month, UTSA hired Frederick Chang, a cyber security star from UT-Austin, to hold the inaugural, $1 million AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security in UTSA's College of Business.
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