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The UWF Center for Cybersecurity is the regional hub for cybersecurity education and research, including multidisciplinary programs and certificates, research opportunities, outreach activities, and industry partnerships.


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UWF has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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UWF is an NSA-DHS Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center. As the NSA-DHS CAE Regional Resource Center for the South East, UWF provides leadership to advance cyber defense education among colleges and universities in the South East.

UWF is the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center for Southeast

As the NSA/DHS Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Center for the Southeast, UWF provides leadership to advance cyber defense education among colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and South Carolina.

Learn more about our NSA/DHS Cybersecurity CAE Southeast Regional Resource Center activities


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UWF Center for Cybersecurity partners with Department of State to train elections officials

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity partnered with the Florida Department of State and election officials across Florida to provide training for supervisors of elections and key personnel to enhance cybersecurity resiliency ahead of the 2018 elections.

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NSA partners with UWF to accelerate cybersecurity degree completion

Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder, Commandant, National Cryptologic School, NSA, and UWF President Martha D. Saunders announced on March 8 a partnership to accelerate completion of the undergraduate cybersecurity degree program for Joint Cyber Analysis Course graduates. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Name: Dr. Tirthankar Ghosh

Title: Associate Director and Professor

Alma maters: Florida International University; M.S. in Computer Engineering, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Previous employer: St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Areas of cybersecurity expertise: Dr. Ghosh has been active in Cybersecurity education and research for the past 13 years. His areas of interest are wide-ranging: adversary behavior modeling, anomaly and intrusion detection, security of industrial control systems and embedded sensor networks, and perimeter security.

Research background: Dr. Ghosh has been actively engaged in cybersecurity education and research ranging from network security and performance of Wireless HART in industrial control systems, organizational role-based anomaly detection model, behavior analysis, and perimeter security. Dr. Ghosh had multi-million dollars of grants from the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, State of Minnesota, and private sectors. He established a funded research lab on industrial control systems using motes from Linear Technologies and Emerson Process Management on St Cloud campus. Dr. Ghosh led several state-funded projects on competency-based curriculum design using the NIST NICE Cybersecurity framework. He was the co-founder of a statewide consortium called Minnesota Cyber Careers Consortium, and also Greater St Cloud Cybersecurity Consortium. Dr. Ghosh authored a book titled “Security by Practice: Exercises in Network Security and Information Assurance”.

Interests outside of cybersecurity: Outside of his work, Dr. Ghosh loves to travel and hike. He and his wife choose one national park a year to visit and hike. He is also an avid reader.


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