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UTSA Team Wins Southwest Regionals of Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

img_ccdc-teamA team of UTSA cyber security, computer science and engineering students won the Southwest Regional of the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and advanced to the national competition this spring.

UTSA defeated teams from New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, Sam Houston State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M-San Antonio, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Tulsa.

Business team members included senior Derek Bassham, Justin Gray, ’15, Ph.D. student Chelsea Hicks and Mike Stevens, ’15. The team was coached by Miroslav B. Bartik III, lecturer in cyber security, and Computer Security Association advisor Nicole Beebe, the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship in the College of Business.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” said Beebe. “They were a well-rounded, cohesive team who put in the work to be successful.” The teams were tasked with protecting computer networks against the same type of real-world cyber threats that are infiltrating major retailers, corporations, social networks and financial institutions today.

Students from more than 180 colleges and universities from across the country competed in various regional tournaments. Ten regional winners advanced to compete in the two-day national competition.

This is UTSA’s second opportunity to advance to the nationals. UTSA also qualified for the national competition in 2006.

College to Offer Two New Innovative Graduate Programs

img_analytics-degreeHighlighting the college’s vision of championing innovative programs that provide students with applied skills, the UTSA College of Business will offer two new master’s degrees beginning next year, one in data analytics and another in business, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Transforming Big Data into intelligent results, the Master of Science in Data Analytics program will produce highly-skilled and educated data analysts who can convert the growing amount of data confronting all organizations into usable information for decision makers.

The one-year lockstep program has a strong educational focus on data science algorithms and communication skills and offers a strong, practical, experiential emphasis on the tools, techniques and technology used in the industry.

The Master of Science in Business is designed for non-business majors. The one-year program will provide a broad base of business education to students seeking to learn business principles that can be applied to their undergraduate studies and beyond.

For more information on these programs as well as other graduate business offerings, call (210) 458-4641.

Big Data, Big Challenges Discussed at Inaugural Conference



Recognizing the value of Big Data to businesses today, the UTSA College of Business hosted “Big Data, Big Challenges,” a daylong symposium to a sold-out audience last spring. The symposium was dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences in Big Data within the areas of business, cyber security, healthcare and visualization.

Calling in a star-studded lineup of national, regional and local speakers, the symposium provided a wide range of perspectives from industry, government and academic experts for general business audiences as well as analytics and security professionals.

Keynote speakers included visualization expert JoAnn Kuchera- Morin, professor of media arts and technology at the University of California at Santa Barbara; New York Times bestselling author Bill Tancer, general manager for global research at Experian Marketing Services; and Richard Thieme, author and technology commentator.

“The symposium highlighted how Big Data is being used to maximize knowledge across industries as well as illustrated the impact that data analytics has had on companies and products,” said Hamid Beladi, associate dean of research in the College of Business.

In addition to the keynote speakers, four panel sessions were held in the areas of Big Data Applications in Cloud and Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics in Business Enterprises, Bioanalytics and Healthcare and Big Data and Visualization.

Symposium sponsors were the UTSA College of Business, the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research, Consumer Orbit, Giles-Parscale and the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute.

Due to its success, the college plans to host another Big Data symposium in Spring 2016.

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