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The Future of Cyber Security
Nancy and Frank Kudla support Cyber Security Fellow,
Michele Maasberg

  Frank and Nancy Kudla

It wasn’t too long ago when Frank and Nancy Kudla walked the campus as students; as alumni, they continue to be an integral part of the university’s success through giving to many areas. But there’s one area in particular that Frank ’85 and Nancy ’87 are most committed to strengthening—the top-ranked cyber security research program.

UTSA has become known internationally as a leader in cyber security and information assurance. A national survey of certified information technology security professionals, conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Hewlett-Packard, ranked the university’s cyber security program as the best in the nation. The Kudlas are certainly part of that success. In 2012, they made a $500,000 gift to establish the Kudla Fellowship—a prestigious and competitive graduate fellowship program to give students the opportunity to be at the forefront of this increasingly critical field.

“It is our hope that our contribution will help foster continued growth in the ongoing alliance between UTSA, the military and the federal government cyber security communities,” says Nancy Kudla, president of the Kudla Foundation. “We look forward to the invaluable contributions UTSA and its graduates will make in ensuring our nation’s cyber security readiness.”

  Michele Maasberg

And their support has done just that. Selected through an intense application process, Kudla Fellows are graduate students studying and conducting research in information assurance and security, like the inaugural recipient of the fellowship, doctoral student Michele Maasberg.

The fellowship has made it possible for Michele, a U. S. Naval Academy graduate, to further her research in the area of information assurance—leading to the publication of two articles on insider threat. With one paper published in the Journal of Information Privacy and Security, and presenting another paper at the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Michele is quickly becoming recognized as an up-and-coming leader in cyber security research.

“I’ve worked hard this past year on my research so that Mr. and Mrs. Kudla can see the progress that I’m making in the world of cyber security,” Michele says. “Their support of my education makes me want to achieve even more.”

In 1989, the Kudlas founded dNovus RDI, a federal government contracting company that specializes in applied information technology. Under their leadership, dNovus grew from a one-person consulting firm to one of the largest female-owned businesses in San Antonio, employing more than 350 professionals and earning over $35 million in revenue.

“Our foundation is focused on national security and values-based leadership through partnerships with universities,” Nancy Kudla shares. “We are excited about spreading the word about UTSA as a leader in cyber security.

 

To learn more about supporting cyber security at UTSA, contact Kimberly West at kimberly.west@utsa.edu.


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