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December 14, 2007

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

New Texas Emergency Preparedness, Cyber Security Institute at UT Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler will provide research and first-responder training in computer security and emergency preparedness for the state with a new institute to open on the UT Tyler campus next year, Dr. Arlene Horne, UT Tyler associate vice president for research, announced.

UT Tyler has formed a partnership and collaboration with Mississippi State University’s renowned Center for Computer Security Research to start the Texas Emergency Preparedness and Cyber Security Institute.

“This new institute will have four separate research and first-responder training components to include the Center for Petroleum Security Research, Texas Firefighter First-Responder Training, Texas EMT and Paramedic Emergency Response and Crisis Management Training and Texas First-Responder Cyber Security Training,” said Horne.

The institute is scheduled to open February 2008.

In addition to MSU, partners in the program currently include the UT Tyler Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have also entered into partnership discussions with the Tyler Police Department and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. We hope to develop other strategic partnerships throughout the state,” Horne added.

Sustainability funding will be sought from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, according to Horne.

For more information, contact Horne, 903.566.7132 or ahorne@uttyler.edu or Dr. James Nelson, dean of the UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science, 903.566.7267 or jnelson@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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