UTSA College of Business Newsletter
January 26, 2017
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Cyber Security Researcher Studies Why Phishing Works

A study by H.R. Rao, the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security in the UTSA College of Business, examines the reasons why phishing scams work. "A big advantage for phishers is self efficacy," said Rao. "Many times, people think they know more than they actually do and are smarter than someone trying to pull off a scam via an e-mail." However, phishing has continued to evolve with the internet. It's no longer strangers posing as troubled Nigerian princes. Instead, phishing e-mails often look like messages from companies ordinary people recognize and trust. Rao's study, which he collaborated on with colleagues from The University of Texas at Arlington and Columbia College, utilized an experimental survey that had subjects choose between the genuine and the sinister e-mails that he and his colleagues had created for the project. Afterward, the subjects explained why they made their choices, which allowed Rao to classify which type of overconfidence was playing a role in their decision making.

Matthew McCarter
Management Faculty Member Receives International Fellowship

Management faculty member Matthew McCarter will travel to New Zealand this spring after receiving the prestigious Visiting Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury. The Erskine Fellowship invites over 70 distinguished international academics in a variety of fields each year to study and teach at the university for up to three months. "I am extremely flattered and honored to receive this fellowship," he said. "Only one individual is chosen each year from their respective departments." McCarter, associate professor of management, will teach a course in Corporate Social Responsibility. "I plan to incorporate experiential learning into my classes, which will be a new approach for their students." He will also conduct research on social dilemmas and sustainability. "New Zealand has built a culture on maintaining a clean environment," said McCarter. "I wanted to see how their stewardship approach to sustainability and natural resources has benefited their country."

Graduate Open House
College Hosting Graduate Business Open House Feb. 2

The College of Business invites future Roadrunners, alumni and members of the business community to join us for our inaugural Graduate Business Open House on Thursday, February 2. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Business Building and is open to the public. Learn how you can Level Up your career by earning a graduate business degree from UTSA. The college offers a variety of degree programs including master's degrees in cyber security, data analytics, finance and the more traditional MBA and Executive MBA programs. Meet with faculty representatives from each of our degree programs and learn how a graduate business degree can improve your career.

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UTSA College of Business Top Ten Stories of 2016

Celebrating another successful year, the College of Business ended 2016 with a portfolio of accomplishments by business students, faculty and friends. Student accolades included advancing to the finals of a national cyber analyst competition, an accounting case competition and a CFA research challenge. Our faculty were honored for their accomplishments in teaching, research and service and received prestigious professorships. The college also launched new master's degree programs in business and data analytics. And, for the first time, the college's undergraduate program was ranked Top 5 in Texas by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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