UTSA College of Business Newsletter
February 18, 2016
Graduate Program Information Sessions

Dr. H. Raghav Rao
Leading Information Assurance Scholar Named AT&T Chair

Following a comprehensive search process, H. Raghav Rao, a leading scholar in information assurance, has been named the new AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. “We are proud to welcome a top-tier scholar like Dr. Rao to the UTSA College of Business,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair in the College of Business. “We will be able to build our reputation as a leading cyber security program under the leadership of Dr. Rao.” 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. 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.

Cyber Security lecture March 3 featuring Michael Sikorski
Malware Expert Michael Sikorski to Speak at UTSA March 3

The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business will host cyber security icon Michael Sikorski, the director of the FireEye Labs Advanced Reverse Engineering (FLARE) Team, for a lecture at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3. He will present “Want to Swipe Your Card? Think Again. A Point-of-Sale Malware Demonstration” in the H-E-B University Center Room 2.212. The lecture, sponsored by the college’s Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security, is free and open to the public. “It is an honor to have a speaker of this caliber come to UTSA to talk to our students, faculty, industry and government partners,” said Nicole Beebe, the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor and associate professor of cyber security. “He is the foremost expert in the field and literally wrote the book on practical malware analysis.”
The presentation will dissect real-world malware designed to steal credit card information and demonstrate how the information flowed out the door to the attacker. He has previously worked at the National Security Agency, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Mandiant. He is a graduate of the NSA’s three-year Systems and Network Interdisciplinary Program (SNIP), Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. For more information or to RSVP for this lecture, please call (210) 458-7311.

Harvey Najim
Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship Program Established

San Antonio philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has established the Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship program in The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business to prepare underserved students for jobs in high-demand fields. As part of a larger initiative that was announced today with the Alamo Community Colleges, the program will support transfer students from Alamo Colleges to the College of Business in the areas of cyber security and information systems. Najim has pledged $1 million in funding for the Alamo Colleges and another $1 million for students to enroll in partner programs.  In addition to UTSA, partner universities include Texas A&M-San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. “Too many jobs in technology and the medical field are not being filled with local San Antonio graduates—especially those from low-income families,” said Najim. Fifty students per year for four years will be able to begin studies at Alamo College and then transfer to a partner university to earn bachelor’s degrees. UTSA scholars will receive $2,500 per year for two years to complete their degree from the Najim Pathways program, and that amount will be matched by the college.

UT System Big Data Conference
College Partnering with UT System to Host Big Data Conference

Taking a glimpse into the future of data analytics, the University of Texas System is hosting the Texas FreshAir Big Data & Data Analytics Conference March 30-31 at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The two-day conference, which is co-sponsored by UTSA and the UT Health Science Center, will include tracks in business analytics, health care and research analytics. “Big Data and cyber security have become an indispensable part of all industries,” said Hamid Beladi, associate dean of research in the College of Business and chair of the business analytics track.  “The purpose of this event is to encourage collaboration between academics and industry leaders and to share knowledge around the latest advances in research and technology.” Texas FreshAir is an initiative of the University of Texas System that was designed to bring researchers together with industry champions to form academic/industry partnerships. Registration is open to the public on a space-available basis. The cost is $150 for external community members and $25 for UT System faculty, employees and members of the military. For more information, visit the Texas FreshAir website.

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