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UTSA has been designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The Leader in Advancement of State and Community Cybersecurity

Established in 2001 as part of UTSA’s creation of a cybersecurity program, the CIAS is a research center on a mission to secure the nation’s infrastructure and foster a Culture of Cybersecurity. This grassroots-level research effort produced practical campaigns such as cybersecurity training, cybersecurity competitions, and K12 education.

Certification Courses

Customized Training

NCCDC Competition

CyberPatriot Competition

Hivestorm Competition

No-Cost Training (NCPC)

Maturity Model (CCSMM)

Cyber Threat Defender

Cyber Threat Protector

Cyber Threat Guardian

Celebrating 20 Years at UTSA

The CIAS has been working to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture since 2001! Take a look back at our history and activities in the CIAS’ 20th Anniversary Report here.

Ponemon Institute study 2014

# 10
In the nation for undergraduate cybersecurity ranking 2016

# 10
In the nation for graduate cybersecurity

National Security Agency

NSA Designations

Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research Cyber Operations

high-quality, high-impact


The CIAS hosts the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Panoply and HiveStorm, and co-founded CyberPatriot. The CIAS has been developing and conducting competition programs to educate, train and prepare individuals for the cybersecurity workforce since 2005.


1 ,000
Competitors Worldwide

high-quality, high-impact

Cybersecurity Training
Courses Seminars Workshops

Our training efforts focus on improving overall cybersecurity awareness, technical capabilities, professional development and continuity plans. We’ve been helping professionals, organizations and communities prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber incidents for nearly 20 years.


Small Businesses

K-12 Education


Committed to creating a culture of cybersecurity nationwide, the CIAS focuses on K-12 education that introduces students to cybersecurity principles through educational gaming and storytelling. Our goals are to create good cyber hygiene and awareness of cyber careers.

Played In


World Leader

Leading the ISAO Standards Organization since 2015 and helping SLTTs establish comprehensive cybersecurity programs as the CIAS-ISAO, the CIAS actively engages the information sharing community to promote secure, rapid and widespread information sharing that helps detect and block cyber-attacks.

Information Sharing



National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium

Filling the cybersecurity gap since 2004

A Collaboration of Five Universities


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