Cyber Security Program Ranked No. 1
UTSA’s cyber security program has been ranked the best in the nation, according to a national survey of certified information technology security professionals. The Ponemon Institute conducted the survey for Hewlett-Packard.
“This number one ranking confirms our reputation as the leading institution for education and research in cyber security,” said Yoris Au, chairman of the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security in the UTSA College of Business. “It also recognizes the hard work our faculty and students have put into the program since its inception more than a decade ago in the College of Business.”
UTSA is a recognized leader in the field of infrastructure assurance and security by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The university is one of 58 U.S. institutions that holds the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research designation. UTSA is also designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education.
Security is one of UTSA’s five core research strengths. The university offers top-tier academic programs in security through its College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Sciences.
Within the College of Business more than 150 students major in cyber security at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Students learn how to protect data, gather and examine digital evidence, perform security risk assessments and study computer and network forensics procedures.
The college’s Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security conducts high-impact research in information assurance and security and fosters student involvement in research activities.
“Several years ago UTSA made a strategic decision to invest in the area of cyber security and hire experts in the field from around the nation to conduct research and teach our students,” said Mauli Agrawal, vice president for research at UTSA. “The latest ranking and recognition are yet another validation of the success of this approach.”
Hewlett-Packard’s ranking was derived from a survey that asked 2,000 certified IT professionals to rank the top five strongest colleges and universities in security from a list of 403 educational institutions. Respondents rated each school’s program according to their perceptions of the school’s academic rigor, faculty quality, professional reputation and other qualifications.
College Receives NSHMBA’s Brillante Award
The UTSA College of Business was the lead educational sponsor for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Career Conference and Expo in San Antonio last October. More than 40 MBA students and alumni attended the conference and career expo.
“The conference allowed us to showcase our talented students to top national employers, spread awareness about the strength of our students and build upon current employer relationships,” said Dean Gerry Sanders.
The conference provided professional development seminars for students as well as a job fair. Students interviewed with companies such as Accenture, Coca Cola, Exxon Mobil, Ford, Intel, Nationwide, USAA and Wrigley. Additionally, 75 undergraduates participated in NSHMBA’s Ignite program, which encourages undergraduates to continue their education and pursue graduate opportunities.
The event culminated with the College of Business receiving the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from NSHMBA. This is NSHMBA’s highest honor recognizing educational excellence. The College of Business also received this award in 2006.
Graduate Programs Nationally Recognized
The UTSA College of Business was ranked the No. 10 graduate business school in the nation for Hispanics according to
HispanicBusiness. This is the seventh consecutive year the College of Business has been ranked among the top 10 “Best Schools for Hispanics.”
“We are proud that our College of Business continues to provide a top-tier academic experience not only to Hispanic students, but to all students,” said Lisa Firmin, associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment at UTSA.
Each year, HispanicBusiness ranks the effectiveness of U.S. universities in attracting Hispanic students based on four criteria: enrollment of full-time Hispanic students, percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members, percentage of degrees conferred to Hispanics and availability of programs aimed at increasing Hispanic student enrollment. This is the 16th year that HispanicBusiness has conducted the study.
“As a Hispanic, it is great to attend UTSA where you feel at home and all the administrators and professors understand your background,” said Adolfo Soliz, MBA ’14. “I can focus on school and my career without any unwelcome distractions. I hope to continue on to a great career using the resources UTSA has provided me.”
The Princeton Review also ranked the College of Business No. 6 in the nation for providing the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” in their 2014 edition. This is the ninth consecutive year that the college has been ranked in this category. The rankings were determined based on survey responses by 20,000 students at 295 business schools.