The University of Texas San Antonio has been given a federal cybersecurity research grant of $800,000. The grant adds to a growing cybersecurity and drone research program within the Texas university systems. As CivSource reported, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi was recently designated as a regional test site for the FAA’s program on domestic drone use.
The grant will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will go to the National Cyber Security Preparedness Consortium, a joint venture between UTSA — which is the lead — Texas A&M, Memphis University, University of Arkansas and Norwhich University. The goal of the project is to create protection programs for governmental entities.
Other schools on the East Coast in closer proximity to Washington DC in Virgina and Maryland have also launched cybersecurity research programs with the goal of creating more local economic development. Some of the funding will go to update existing programs Comprehensive Cyber Terrorism and Cyberterrisom First Responder.
Classes will be available to provide free training to public sector employees.