The Colloquium for Information System Security Education, an international organization that encourages the development and expansion of information assurance curricula, especially in higher education, has honored Gregory White, computer science associate professor and director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at The University of Texas at San Antonio with its annual Educator of the Year Award for exceptional leadership in information assurance education. White accepted his award last month at the annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Washington, D.C.
In 2001, White joined UTSA’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the Information Systems and Computer Science Departments, bringing a wealth of practical experience to the undergraduates and graduate students under his tutelage. That same year, he was named the technical director of the university’s CIAS. The center, a part of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, founded and organizes the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which has grown to become the nation’s largest cyber security challenge for college students.
Under White’s leadership, the CIAS also offers cyber security preparedness exercises and training to educate governments and organizations across the U.S. The programs, formalized in 2004 with funding from the Department of Homeland Security, focus on how to prevent, detect and respond to large-scale cyber attacks.