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Welcome to the Cyber ‘Runners Podcast brought to you by the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

As a top research university, this podcast profiles our cyber security research. Join us to explore career opportunities for current and future students, young professionals and new alumni.

Podcast Episode Guide

Cyber ‘Runners Season 2 Episode 1S2 E1 | The National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service Program

Philip Menard sits down with podcast host Zavier Rahman to discuss the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program. The program offers an internship opportunity, a generous stipend and guaranteed employment in one of many federal executive branch agencies.

In this episode (36 minutes)

  • Overview of the scholarship program
  • How to apply
  • Tips for a successful application
  • Rewards of a career in cyber security with government agencies

Listen to Season 2 Episode 1

Cyber ‘Runners Season 2 Episode 2S2 E2 | The "Full Stack" cyber security professional: A conversation on building a successful career

Join our host Priyanka Bhika with guest Dr. Jimmie Flores as he offers career advice for becoming a cyber security professional. Hear how important professional certifications are for a successful career and how learning should be a lifelong endeavor. Listen as Dr. Flores discusses the importance of a degree, combined with relevant industry credentials, and how obtaining both can make you a desirable candidate for any cyber security related position. Hear how developing the depth and breadth of your skills can lead to having a successful career as a cyber security professional.    

In this episode (26 minutes)

  • Importance of professional certifications
  • How learning should be a life long endeavor
  • Tips for developing depth and breadth of skills

Listen to Season 2 Episode 2

Cyber ‘Runners Season 1 Episode 1S1 E1 | Introducing Cyber Security at UTSA

Nicole L. Beebe sits down with host Kim Ibarra to share how her career path led her to cyber security.

In this episode (36 minutes)

  • Aspects of cyber security
  • Digital forensics
  • The cyber security program at UTSA--custom-curated content, real-world experts and hands-on training
  • New applied cyber analytics degree--first in the nation and the wave of the future by combining cyber security with data analytics
  • UTSA rankings and research
  • The benefits of understanding the business of cyber

Listen to Season 1 Episode 1

S1 E2 | The History of Cyber Security at UTSA

Cyber ‘Runners Season 1 Episode 2Join us for a conversation with Glenn Dietrich as he discusses the history of the cyber security program at UTSA. Learn about the many scholarship opportunities available for cyber security students and what the future holds for this growing domain.

In this episode (23 minutes)

  • How the cyber security program at UTSA began
  • UTSA's recognition as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, Cyber Research and Cyber Operations
  • The importance of protecting our nation's industrial control systems
  • The pathway to earning a doctorate in cyber security
  • Scholarship opportunities specifically for cyber security majors

Listen to Season 1 Episode 2

 S1 E3 | A Non-traditional Path to Cyber Security

Cyber ‘Runners Season 1 Episode 3

Join us for a conversation with Rita Mitra, DMA, MSCS, as she shares how her career transitioned from being a classical music performer into information systems and cyber security. Hear how an engaged faculty with a variety of viewpoints is critical to the success of a program and how women are taking on a more proactive role in cyber security.

In this episode (33 minutes)

  • How music is similar to computer programming
  • Online programs at UTSA
  • Open educational resource

Listen to Season 1 Episode 3

S1 E4 | From FAST Company to Cyber Competitions

Cyber Runners Podcast Season 1, Episode 4 with Ben Anderson

Join us for a conversation with Ben Anderson as he discusses his experiences being with the Marine Corps Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), Motorola, Sandia National Labs, and in his current role as a cyber competitions team coordinator.

In this episode (33 minutes)

  • How cyber competitions can offer a challenging and rewarding experience
  • Opportunities for students to participate in cyber competitions

Listen to Season 1 Episode 4