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Information security is a growing field, with San Antonio emerging as a hub of research and expertise. UTSA students in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Systems pursuing a security concentration, minor or degree have been given a boost through a newly established annual scholarship.
Three computer science and two information assurance majors have been awarded the inaugural cyber security scholarship from the Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). The organization is an international non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia that advances professional knowledge in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.
According to Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and a member of the Department of Computer Science, the awards are important to strengthening the pipeline from college to careers for students trained in information security.
Each year through the fall of 2014, $25,000 will be awarded to qualified students. Preference is given to students with military service as well as participants of a collegiate cyber security competition.
The 2011-2012 award recipients are:
· Emily McMichael, undergraduate in Information Assurance
· John Davies, undergraduate in Information Assurance
· Rocky Slavin, undergraduate in Computer Science
· Andrew Perkes, graduate in Computer Science
· Adam Tyra, graduate in Computer Science