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The Cyber-Security Community connects UTEP faculty and professional staff who have expertise and knowledge in cyber-security or in adjacent competencies. It enables faculty, staff and students to explore new ideas, solve challenging problems, identify new opportunities, and disseminate shared knowledge and resources. In addition, the community allows its members to exchange information by providing access to news, events, publications, and efforts in the area of cyber-security.


The Cyber-Security Community aspires to build the assets and capabilities in cybersecurity at UTEP that can lead to significant Texas-based educational and research initiatives. In addition to pursuing interdisciplinary and collaborative funding opportunities that align with local, state and national needs, the community will contribute to the University of Texas System Cyber-Security initiatives. The Community will also seek to raise awareness about cyber-security and inspire students to engage with key questions in the field.


  1. Border Security
  2. Cyber-Physical Systems
  3. Cyber-Security
  4. Secure Software Systems


  1. Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
  2. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative
  3. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies
  4. Health and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  5. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  6. Energy and Environment
  7. Global Enterprise and Border Studies
  8. National Defense and Border Security


Engineering - Civil Engineering
cross border transportation, freight and transportation logistics, intelligent transportation systems, smart cities., traffic engineering, transportation engineering, transportation planning, transportation-health

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - Intelligence and National Security Studies
big data, Intelligence analysis, intelligence education, mixed methods, network analysis, open source intelligence, terrorism

Currey, Bob
Administration - Research and Sponsored Projects (Office of)
Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber-security, Defense, Environment, Intelligence, Intelligence Community, security, sustainability

Dirk, Carl
Science - Chemistry
art conservation science, color theory, Computational science, health effects of the lighted environment, Molecular modeling, optical properties of organic materials, photochemistry

Assistant Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
Autonomic systems, computer security, CSE, memory management, operating systems, STEM-ed

Related Efforts

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)
External Related Effort

The National Institute of Standards and Technology invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for situational awareness for the energy sector. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to address cybersecurity challenges identified under the Energy sector program. Participation in the use case is open to all interested organizations.

UT System Cyber-Security
External Related Effort

The UT System’s vision is to become a recognized academic leader for cyber education and research inspiring knowledge generation, technological innovation, and fostering economic growth that is competitive on a national and global scale.

Cyber Security Courses at UTEP
UTEP Resource
Related Effort:
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE)
UT System Cyber-Security

This excel table lists all the courses providing significant coverage of cyber security issues at UTEP.

The CIP Report
External Resource

The CIP Report is a monthly, electronic newsletter for professionals in industry, government, and academia who have an interest in critical infrastructure security and resilience. The newsletter provides the latest information about critical infrastructure including emerging legislation, government initiatives and leaders, and academic endeavors.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework
External Resource

Recognizing that the national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the President issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, in February 2013. It directed NIST to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework – based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices - for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
External Resource

The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is the foundation for increasing the size and capability of the US cybersecurity workforce. The Workforce Framework is a national resource for employers, educators, trainers, and policy makers, providing a common cybersecurity lexicon.


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Communities have access to IBM SmartCloud, a tool that provides a Cloud Computing solution for sharing files, defining activities, creating blogs, developing wikis, and promoting ideas. To request an account and training on IBM SmartCloud, contact econnect@utep.edu.

This community engages in dialog as follows:

University of Texas System Cyber Strategic Initiative Community