Sep 17, 2010

CIAS receives Vandenberg Award

On September 14, 2010, UTSA's Center for Infrastructure Assurance andSecurity (CIAS), which is directed by Greg White, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, received the Air Force Association's 2010 Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award. The award was given for the center's role in developing Cyber Patriot, the world's largest high school cyber security competition. Established in 1948 to recognize the most outstanding contributions in aerospace education, the Vandenberg Award is one of the Air Force Association's highest honors.

CIAS shared the 2010 award with Northrop Grumman and Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), partners that also support the Air Force Association's Cyber Patriot competition. The annual competition, based on the CIAS's National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, engages savvy computer science students and educates them in cyber security principles and tactics as a way of introducing them to cyber security careers. To prepare for the competition, teams of students train to establish secure networks and ward off hostile attacks. During competition, students are scored according to how quickly and effectively they establish and maintain their secure networks.

CIAS was recognized for providing the academic component of the Cyber Patriot competition, and SAIC was recognized for providing its patent-pending CyberNEXS platform, the engine that drives the competition.Northrop Grumman was recognized for supporting the competition's growth to schools across the country.