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UTSA Receives $3 Million From Homeland Security For Cybersecurity Training Courses

UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security has received $3 million from the Department of Homeland Security.  The money will be used to support cybersecurity training courses to oppose new and emerging cyber threats. 

Gregory White, the director of CIAS, says UTSA will be working on information sharing.

"If someone for whatever reason has decided to attack the city of San Antonio—they’ve got a grudge against us for some reason.  And we’ve seen this a lot in the last year especially. We’ve seen a lot of communities that have had their community sites broken into. When something like that happens in the community, if people are willing to share and let each other know what’s going on, then they can all better protect their systems," White says.

White says the information sharing begins within the community and then ultimately spreads throughout the state until a network is established.

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.