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
The CIAS K-12 Cybersecurity Program is designed to introduce students to cybersecurity education and possible career paths in STEM disciplines, especially cybersecurity. To increase interest and learning capabilities, this iniative is centered around the CyBear™ family.
This cybersecurity-focused family introduces children, primarily in elementary school, to cybersecurity words and phrases, guides them through problem solving with puzzles, and engages them with interactive activities through a variety of free activity sheets and games. These activities complement existing classroom curriculum and age-appropriate card games, Cyber Threat Guardian (grades K-2) and Cyber Threat Protector (grades 3-5).
However, because each member of the CyBear family is designed to provide unique insights into different areas of cybersecurity, they support cybersecurity education, awareness and defense for all ages. Ultimately, the CyBear family supports the CIAS’ efforts to promote a culture of cybersecurity and create a pipeline for a future cybersecurity workforce!
Alan CyBear is a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is named after Alan Turing, a mathematician whose work is acknowledged as the foundation of research in artificial intelligence.
Grace CyBear, a cybersecurity professional, is named after Grace Hopper, a retired admiral in the U.S. Navy that led the team that created the first computer language compiler.
Vint CyBear is a gamer named after Vint Cerf, who is often referred to as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” for his work as a co-designer of the architecture of the Internet.
Ada CyBear is a social media enthusiast. Her namesake is Augusta Ada King, or Ada Lovelace, who is regarded as the first computer programmer for recognizing the full potential of a computing machine in the mid-1800s.
Dorothy “Grandma” CyBear is Alan CyBear’s mother and loves online shopping and staying in touch with family and friends through the Internet. She is named after Dr. Dorothy Denning, and American information security researcher known for her cybersecurity innovations.
Raymond "Grandpa" CyBear is Alan CyBear’s father and represents senior members of the community. His grandchildren help guide him through cybersecurity best practices when online. He is named after Raymond Tomlinson, an American computer programmer.
The CyBear Family artwork and illustrations are created by Lili Ryu Studio.
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.