5/15/2012 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION - The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has added three face-to-face cyber-security courses to complement its suite of no-cost online courses geared toward assisting the state, local, tribal, public and private sectors to detect, prevent, respond and recover from cyber attacks and incidents. TEEX acquired the courses from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), where the courses were originally developed.
Earlier this year, TEEX and UTSA jointly offered the courses to jurisdictions nationwide to help them prepare for the DHS-FEMA National Level Exercise 2012, which will involve a cyber-security attack, said Natalie Granado, Cyber Security Training Coordinator in TEEX’s Knowledge Engineering Division. “The congressionally mandated preparedness exercises are designed to educate and prepare participants for potential catastrophic events and to examine national response plans and procedures,” added Granado, who has more than 10 years of experience in community cyber security exercises and training and came to TEEX from UTSA.
The three courses are designed for non-technical audiences throughout local jurisdictions and communities, including personnel involved with critical infrastructure, emergency operations and incident response. Sessions explore cyber threats and vulnerabilities and how cyber attacks can impact business operations and delay or prevent emergency responses. Communities learn to improve their cyber security posture to better prepare for cyber events.