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 recognizes that every company and organization is unique and has different capabilities and needs. For more than 20 years, the CIAS has been delivering training courses and exercises to states and communities across the nation, as well as partnered with multiple organizations such as the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Forces and various Information Sharing and Analysis Centers. The CIAS has also participated in exercises, such as the national level exercise Cyber Storm, to help organizations improve their overall cybersecurity awareness, technical capabilities, professional knowledge, policies, processes and continuity plans.
Our workshops have also extended beyond the U.S., and our partnerships with Raytheon have led to CyberAcademy classes in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Kuwait.
So, whether your organization is building awareness of cybersecurity topics with its executive leadership team or expanding your personnel’s skillset and knowledge base, we can develop customized training, host workshops and conduct community-wide exercises to suit your organization’s individual needs.
The following topics can be selected to create a training course for your end users, management or technical staff.
Computer Information Systems
Secure Network Design
Network Security Devices
Introduction to Threats (e.g., malware, ransomware)
Mobile Device Security
Cyber Incident Response
The Evolving Threat
Risk Assessment and Management
Culture of Security
Introduction to Information Assurance & Computer Information Systems
The CIAS training team will work closely with you and your leadership team to identify the needs of your organization to develop relevant and impactful training.
For help customizing your training needs to establish an impactful cybersecurity program that builds a culture of security within your organization, please complete the following form. We look forward to connecting with you!
Is your community cyber ready? Using gameboards and playing cards, the CIAS has developed a game to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) National Exercise Division, in coordination with the DHS Cybersecurity and infrastructure Agency (CISA), as part of their National Level Exercise campaign.
Download the two-page flyer for insights into the Cyber Ready Community Game and how your community can learn the dynamics of cyber preparedness and various aspects of the NIST framework. To request your personal copy of the Cyber Ready Community Game, email FEMAPubs@gpo.gov.
On September 13, 2002, the CIAS held its first citywide tabletop exercise “Dark Screen” in San Antonio, Texas. From there, the CIAS worked with the Financial Services ISAC in March 2003 to hold an exercise in New York City, N.Y., followed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-led national level cybersecurity exercise called “Cyber Storm” in February 2006. The CIAS has conducted to work with, and promoted, the development of community-focused information sharing and cybersecurity programs.
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.