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UTSA College of Business Creates Cyber Security Research Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business has established the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security (CERI²S).

The center, which is interdisciplinary in nature, is charged with conducting high-impact research in information assurance and security and fostering student involvement in research activity in the College of Business. 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.

The center is comprised of two lab components: the Advanced Laboratories for Infrastructure 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.

UTSA’s 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, a 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.

Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International and is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with 5,600 enrolled students. 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.” For more information, visit http://business.utsa.edu.

Wendy Frost–

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