In February, a group of visitors from Asia including, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, came to San Antonio to learn more about cyber security and internet governance. Some of the objectives set forth by the State Department for Visitors to focus on were to: examine U.S foreign policy objectives regarding internet freedom; evaluate efforts to counter cybercrime; improve cyber security; explore government and private sector responsibilities in ensuring a secure, reliable internet; and examine human rights in the context of internet freedom. The visitors had extensive backgrounds in the public and private sectors in areas such as, international law, academia, international affairs, Information Technology, business, and policy making.
Visitors met with representatives from UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), which conducts basic and applied research in partnership with academia, government, and industry sectors. Visitors learned about CIAS’ mission, to deliver quality research, training, competition, and exercise programs to advance community and organizational cyber security capabilities and collaboration. They also had a chance to learn about the role CIAS plays as a university research institution within San Antonio’s “Cyber Innovation Technology and Research Consortium,” which links social institutions to the industry and cultivates public-private partnership which in turn supply a knowledgeable cyber technology workforce to San Antonio.
ThreatGuard, Inc., a company which provides security management solutions to financial, healthcare, and government institutions through value added resellers and system integrators, also took time to meet with our visitors. Visitors learned about the company’s leadership, consisting of former military officers and successful entrepreneurs with expertise in information security, communications, and intelligence. They also discussed the role of San Antonio’s thriving cyber security sector and how they provide security management solutions. Visitor’s had an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss how they approach cyber security at home.
Visitors also met with St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Center for Terrorism Law. The center is a fully operational legal research center dedicated to the study of legal issues surrounding both antiterrorism and counterterrorism. They were able to learn about and discuss St. Mary’s work and research in these areas. They placed an emphasis on cyberspace and information assurance technologies and discussed their role as part of San Antonio’s “Cyber Innovation Technology and Research Consortium.”
Another member of San Antonio’s “Cyber Innovation Technology and Research Consortium,” Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) took the time to meet with our visitors and discuss key issues related to internet governance and cyber security. Visitors learned about TAMUSA’s Center for Information Technology & Cyber Security (CITCS). They also examined how CITCS prepares students to enter the cyber security and information technology workforce, which includes developing a middle-school-to-university cyber student pipeline, increase campus & community cyber awareness, and promotion of faculty and student research in the fields of IT and cyber security.