Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams of 8 defend real-world networks
World's largest cyber defense competition cofounded with the Air Force to inspire students towards STEM careers
Individual or team network assessment and network defense competition where competitors vie for control of resources
Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams compete by securing provided virtual machines
Low- and no-cost professional training solutions through certification prep courses and cybersecurity awareness training.
Research-based cybersecurity courses aimed at helping individuals in states and communities nationwide to develop and improve their own cybersecurity programs
We customize training, host workshops, and conduct community-wide exercises to suit your organization’s individual needs
Since 2001, the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has made a significant impact on the university’s overall cybersecurity program, in addition to providing the initial research funding to jumpstart cybersecurity research at UTSA. (For a full review on the CIAS’ impact on cybersecurity, review our 20th Anniversary Report.)
To deliver quality research, training, cyber competitions, exercises and K-12 cybersecurity programs to advance community and organizational cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration.
To be the leader in the advancement of state and community cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration.
The focus on states and communities began in 2002 when the CIAS conducted the first community cybersecurity exercise, called Dark Screen, in San Antonio, Texas. After this successful event, there followed several dozen other cybersecurity exercises at the sector, state and community levels. Since then, the CIAS has expanded these efforts to create a culture of cybersecurity through cybersecurity competitions, K-12 cybersecurity education and information sharing initiatives. Below is a brief recap of these offerings.
Since Dark Screen, the CIAS has conducted national level exercises, developed online and instructor-led courses, which have certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and collaborated with information sharing and analysis centers (ISACs) and information sharing organizations. The CIAS continues to provide cybersecurity training and exercises nationwide to better prepare the workforce, information technology professionals, organizations and communities for cyber incidents.
In subsequent years, we created the nationally recognized collegiate cybersecurity defensive competition, the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC), and followed that competition by being one of the co-founders of CyberPatriot, the high school and middle school version of the NCCDC, which was developed with the Air Force Association as its lead. We continue to be the technology component behind the CyberPatriot program, which is now the single largest cybersecurity competition in the world introducing tens of thousands of students to cybersecurity.
We have a strong K-12 cybersecurity program, which began with computer games developed for the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. This was followed by Cyber Threat Defender (CTD): The Collectible Card Game, which is now played worldwide. The success of CTD led to additional electronic games as well as two additional elementary focused card games. Our Culture of Cybersecurity campaign launched in 2019 with the aid of our cybersecurity mascots – the CyBear family. The goal is to encourage cybersecurity awareness and prevention by individuals within every community.
Please take a moment to learn more about each of these programs on our website. You’ll be surprised to learn how each of our programs and iniatives are making an impact on community cybersecurity capabilities today – from our youngest citizens (as young as five years old!) to cybersecurity professionals and community leaders.
The cybersecurity program at UTSA continues to receive national attention! The CIAS, along with the Institute for Cyber Security and the Center for Cybersecurity and Analytics, have played a significant role in the current reputation of UTSA.
Ponemon Institute study 2014
Universities.com ranking 2016
National Security Agency
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The CIAS was established at UTSA in June of 2001 as part of UTSA’s creation of a cybersecurity program. The CIAS delivers quality research, training, K-12 education, and competition and exercise programs to advance organizational and community cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration.