UWF Center for Cybersecurity cosmetic banner text about the Center for Cybersecurity CAE Executive Leadership Forum April 24-25, 2019 Pensacola Beach, FL

Center for Cybersecurity

US Department of Homeland Security and USA National Security Agency seals flanking the UWF Center for Cybersecurity logo

Cybersecurity innovation through academic, industry
and government collaboration

In 2017, the United States employed nearly 780,000 individuals in cybersecurity-oriented positions, leaving 350,000 positions unfilled. By 2021, researchers estimate there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally.

The critical job shortage was one issue executive leadership from academia, industry and government addressed at the 2019 Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Executive Leadership Forum (ELF). Participants learned about national initiatives and networked with peers to delve into cybersecurity education and workforce development.

The forum was hosted by the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida in partnership with the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program. 

Who Attended

  • Executives and principal investigators at CAE-designated and candidate institutions
  • Industry and government executives
  • Local, state and federal government leaders
  • CEOs, CIOs, CISOs
  • IT administrators
  • Defense leaders

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