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Information Assurance Program Receives NSA Designation

The University of Texas at San Antonio was redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This designation has been granted to only 93 programs in the nation and demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence in information assurance education. The five-year designation, which originated in 2002, is based on the academic curriculum in the College of Business.

“Our program assists in meeting the national demand for information security professionals trained to defend America’s cyberspace,” said Dr. Glenn Dietrich, chairman of the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management. “We offer academic coursework and training in the areas of biometrics, cyber forensics, data mining and intrusion detection.”

Information assurance is comprised of measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication and confidentiality. College faculty conduct funded research in the areas of biometrics, data mining, data visualization and intrusion detection. In addition to highly-regarded academicians, courses are also taught by practitioners from leading information assurance companies as well as from military organizations such as the Air Force Operations Center in San Antonio.

The College of Business offers an infrastructure assurance concentration as part of the Master of Science degree in information technology and a bachelor’s of business administration degree in infrastructure assurance.

Universities designated as Centers of Academic Excellence are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through both the federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship programs.  The college is currently searching for the AT&T Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security. The chair will lead the college’s academic program, establish partnerships with experts in the field and provide an interface to the greater business community.

About the College of Business
Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,000 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. Accredited by AACSB International, the college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing “Knowledge for a New World .”

About UTSA
The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a premier public research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 28,500 students in 64 bachelor’s, 45 master’s and 20 doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.

–Wendy Frost

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