Cybersecurity Research Center Established

ALIASRecognizing the growing need for research in cybersecurity, the UTSA College of Business has established the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security (CERI²S). Dr. Fred Chang, the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security in the College of Business, directs CERI²S.

The center, which is interdisciplinary in nature, conducts high-impact research in information assurance and security and fosters student involvement in research activity. With already more than $300,000 in research funding, CERI²S has established partnerships with Lockheed Martin and has signed a research and development agreement with the 688th Air Force Information Operations Wing at Lackland Air Force Base. Current research projects include countering malware, intrusion detection avoidance and digital forensic string search capabilities.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing problems facing our nation today,” said Chang, who served on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. “Approximately every 1 ½ seconds, a new piece of malicious software is released on the Internet. Through CERI²S we will develop innovative cybersecurity research solutions to combat this problem.”

The center is comprised of two lab components: the Advanced Laboratories for Information Assurance and Security (ALIAS) and the Laboratory for Advanced Information Security Education and Research (LAISER). ALIAS consists of a 30-seat security computer classroom as well as a secure server area that supports faculty research in network intrusion detection, development of forensic search algorithms, security modeling and other areas.
LAISER, which is currently under development, will consist of two components: a UTSA CyberRange and a behavioral lab. The UTSA CyberRange will provide researchers with a large scale, self-contained, rapidly reconfigurable platform for the study of advanced information assurance issues. The behavioral lab will be used to research social science issues in cybersecurity.

The College of Business offers a Ph.D. concentration in information technology, an infrastructure assurance concentration as part of the master of science in information technology, an MBA concentration in infrastructure assurance and a bachelor’s of business administration degree in infrastructure assurance.

The National Security Agency designated UTSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, one of only 47 programs in the country, and a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, based on the coursework in the College of Business.


New BBA in Sport, Event and Tourism Management Begins this Fall

UTSA FootballWith the launch of UTSA’s inaugural football team this fall, the College of Business has created a new bachelor of business administration degree in sport, event and tourism management that should appeal to fans as well.

“This degree provides students with a more diverse background in this discipline,” said Dr. David Bojanic, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation Professor in Tourism Management. “Previously we offered only a tourism concentration. This degree combines the synergies of the respective areas to form a more cohesive program.”

Housed in the Department of Marketing, the new degree will prepare students for careers in sport management and marketing, event management, travel and tourism and destination marketing.

Academic coursework includes the study of tourism, sport and event management, sport marketing, economics of tourism and leisure, tourism law and destination marketing.


College Partners with UT School of Public Health for MBA/MPH Degree

The College of Business is offering a new dual degree in graduate business administration and public health in collaboration with the UT School of Public Health. 

The MBA/MPH program, the first dual degree at UTSA, allows students to concurrently enroll in both degree programs to minimize course duplication. Coursework can be completed in three years.

“The MBA/MPH program gives students the background they need to provide effective leadership in the management and administration of public health care organizations,” said Dr. Dana Forgione, the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of Health. “Business students get the public health content they need to understand the industry, and public health students get the financial and management content they need to run their organizations more effectively.”

MBA courses will be offered in business disciplines such as accounting, business law, economics, finance, management and marketing. The MPH degree requires that students attain skills and knowledge in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, behavioral sciences and public health policy management.


Two New Graduate Certificates Offered in the Business of Health and Technology Entrepreneurship

Business of HealthThe College of Business is launching two new graduate certificate programs this fall in the business of health and technology entrepreneurship.

The 12-credit hour graduate certificate in the business of health was designed to equip health care and business professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to lead in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. The certificate program provides a blend of financial, management, regulatory, legal and policy-oriented courses.

Coursework includes a Seminar in Medicare Regulation, Legal and Tax Strategies for Healthcare Organizations, Healthcare Management and an elective in areas such as healthcare accounting, ethics or economics.

The 12-hour graduate certificate in technology entrepreneurship and management will help individuals understand entrepreneurial context and unlock their inner entrepreneur. The courses will equip graduates with fundamental technology entrepreneurship and management skills. Coursework includes Building Enterprise Equity, Essentials of Project Management, Entrepreneurial Business Finance, and Starting the High Tech Firm.


Texas Border Corridor Addressed in International Course
Twenty-six business students explored issues along the border in a newly revamped “Strategies for the Texas Border Corridor” course. The students participated in academic discussions and industry visits in both San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. The course is a partnership with UT Pan American.

Students studied international trade, migration of labor, transportation and distribution, economic development and entrepreneurship. They also met with executives and toured facilities at Toyota, H-E-B, Motorola Solutions, First National Bank and AmMex Products.

“The Texas/Mexico border corridor is one of the most dynamic economic regions in North America,” said Daniel Tablada, course instructor and lecturer in marketing. “The course was designed to provide real-life experiences in an international arena for students to learn about the challenges and opportunities in the Texas/Mexico border corridor.”


Information Systems Department Offers New Minors in Data Center Management and Digital Forensics

Information SystemsThe Department of Information Systems and Technology Management in the College of Business is offering two new minors in digital forensics and network and data center management that will begin in Fall 2012.

Digital forensics is a fast growing area of cybersecurity. Students will learn how to discover data on storage media, recover data from wireless devices and intrusion detection. Coursework includes digital forensics analysis and cyber law.

The network and data center management minor will provide the educational basis for being successful as a data center manager or network administrator. The curriculum is divided into four major knowledge areas: networks and networking protocols, facilities such as electrical power and air conditioning, network security, and operations. Topics covered include cloud computing, physical and cybersecurity, access control, project management and disaster planning.

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