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DECEMBER 10, 2020 – To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Digital Defense, leader in vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions, announced the creation of a financial endowment for the IT department of UTSA. The endowment will provide scholarships and support to students on their way to a career in software engineering or cybersecurity. In addition, it will support UTSA and its efforts to further improve what is already one of the most successful cybersecurity programs in the country.

Digital Defense has a long-standing relationship with the university, including collaboration through an internship recruitment program. Over the years, UTSA’s software engineering and cybersecurity programs have produced exceptional candidates who have progressed to full-time positions within the company. Additionally, Digital Defense’s Frontline.Cloud software as a service technology is used in the UTSA Cyber ​​Security program as a real-world training tool. The Security Platform helps students test for hidden threats on their target networks and learn about the vulnerability management process.


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“We are grateful to be celebrating our 20th anniversary, a milestone, and we wanted to give back to San Antonio, our local community and the cybersecurity industry as a whole. Our continued partnership with UTSA allows us to do both, ”said Larry Hurtado, President and CEO of Digital Defense. “We seek every opportunity to help our country and our organizations around the world protect their information assets from cyber attacks. This is exactly what the creation of the UTSA Endowment does, providing us with the opportunity to help support the training of future generations of cybersecurity and engineering professionals and, in the longer term, providing further relief to the cybersecurity workforce shortage.

UTSA is an elite San Antonio higher education institution recognized nationally in the field of cybersecurity. Its cybersecurity program was ranked the best in the country according to a survey sponsored by Hewlett-Packard by the Ponemon Institute and its graduate program in cybersecurity was ranked second by Universities.com.

Scholarship opportunities will be available from 2021. Students enrolled at least part-time, in good standing and majoring in computer science with concentrations in cybersecurity or software engineering are encouraged to apply.

“As one of the world’s premier cybersecurity and cloud-based technology companies in San Antonio, Digital Defense is an inspiring example of the impactful work our students want to achieve in their own future careers,” said David Silva, Dean of the College of Sciences of UTSA. “Our students have greatly benefited from the internships and employment opportunities that Digital Defense has offered over the years. We are grateful for the company’s continued support and the endowed undergraduate scholarship will enable even more students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or software engineering.


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