UTSA Program Receives $5 Million Grant to Advance Research in Cybersecurity

To celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, UTSA is doing its part to #BeCyberSmart with this recent grant.

According to an article from UTSA Today, one of its professors has secured a grant to advance research in the field of cybersecurity. This grant will provide UTSA and its nationally-ranked cybersecurity program with more resources to offer students additional opportunities to learn skill sets needed to succeed in competitive industries.


Guenevere Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design, will lead research thanks to a grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program.


The $5 million grant dispersed over five years will include research via the Consortium on National Critical Infrastructure Security (CONCISE), as Dr. Chen and her team work to leverage artificial intelligence and blockchain technology and offer forward-thinking solutions in the realm of cybersecurity.


“Research objectives of this initiative include harnessing robust artificial intelligence systems to detect security intrusions such as ransomware and malware attacks at early stages to facilitate swift action and minimize damage,” Chen told UTSA Today.


Cyber attacks are a critical issue in today's society. Experts say that a hacker attacks someone every 39 seconds. While most attacks are targeted towards individuals or small groups, major industries such as healthcare have seen unprecedented attacks with over 75% of the industry reported being infected by malware.


The grant is a significant contribution toward offering underrepresented students opportunities to pursue career paths in this highly specialized tech field.


According to UTSA Today, "CONCISE is a consortium of Minority Serving Institutions that includes UTSA, the University of Nevada Las Vegas and North Carolina A&T. The CONCISE schools partner with Sandia National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Nevada National Security Site on research opportunities."


CONCISE not only offers cutting-edge technology but also attracts, educates, and develops cyber security research skills to augment the talent pool to include historically underserved minority students from the four-member universities. In addition to gaining cyber security knowledge and skills, students gain real-world experience offered through internships at leading cyber security firms throughout the country.

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