By Brian Chasnoff
The Department of Homeland Security has selected San Antonio as one of
two Texas cities to participate in a cyber security-training program
that is evolving with the support of a pioneering think tank at the
University of Texas at San Antonio.
The program - dubbed the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model - seeks
to instruct communities on how best to prevent or respond to terrorist
attacks against information networks.
"All of us live in a world that is controlled by information networks,"
Mayor Julian Castro said Saturday at UTSA, where officials gathered to
announce the department's partnership with the university's Center for
Infrastructure Assurance and Security.
Since the center's formation in 2001, computer scientists there have
been seminal in developing national models for cities and towns to
respond to a cyber-attack.
The state's capital, Austin, also will participate in the new program.
Officials here expect to hold an initial roundtable exercise in December
or January, when representatives of entities across the city will gather
to learn how best to collaborate in the event of a cyber-attack.
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