Securing your future. Protecting our world.
At the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, we’re bridging the gap from the real world to the cyber world.
The UWF Center for Cybersecurity is a regional hub for cybersecurity education and research, including multidisciplinary programs and certificates, research opportunities, outreach activities, and industry partnerships.
National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE-C) Regional Hub
The University of West Florida has been designated by the National Security Agency as the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-C) Regional Hub for the Southeast, in partnership with CyberFlorida at the University of South Florida and Forsyth Technical Community College.
UWF Awarded $9 Million NSA Grant to Lead National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program
The University of West Florida was selected by the National Security Agency to lead the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, CyberSkills2Work. Funded by a $9 million, three-year NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) grant, the program focuses on training and placing transitioning military, first responders, and veterans into cybersecurity work roles in our nation’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors via a coalition of 10 institutions designated by the NSA as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C).
Learn more about the program and read the latest press release. Employers interested in hiring program graduates or organizations interested in supporting the program, please complete the interest form.
Workforce Development Programs and Scholarships
The UWF Center for Cybersecurity is a national leader in cybersecurity workforce development and offers several programs and scholarships for training, upskilling and reskilling. Read more about our workforce development initiatives.
UWF leads the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, CyberSkills2Work, a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program to rapidly expand the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Funded by a $9 million, three-year National Security Agency grant, the program provides training and 100% scholarships to eligible participants by a coalition of 10 institutions designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C).
As a part of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, the UWF CyberSkills2Work program provides free cybersecurity training and career development for eligible transitioning military, first responders, and veterans to prepare and transition them into rewarding cybersecurity jobs in our nation’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors. Learn more and apply now at https://uwf.edu/cyberskills2work.
UWF CyberSuccess, sponsored by Regions Foundation, provides free cybersecurity training and career development for eligible veterans to prepare and transition them into rewarding cybersecurity jobs along the Cyber Coast. Learn more and apply now at https://uwf.edu/regionscybersuccess.
Cybersecurity Education in Critical Infrastructure Protection (CECIP) Project is a workforce development and training collaboration with the University of Memphis. The focus of the project is to design and develop four training courses related to the protection of our critical infrastructures and offer a certificate-based workforce development program for the specific cybersecurity work roles in critical infrastructures with emphasis on transitioning military personnel, transitioning first responders, and other qualified adult learners.
NCAE-C Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program
The NCAE-C Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program project is a coalition among seven institutions, led by Dakota State University. The UWF project addresses the critical shortage of qualified faculty in cybersecurity and related disciplines via scenario-based teaching workshops for faculty and training programs for veterans. Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 cohort for our Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program. Visit Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program for more details.
The NSF CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program aims to recruit and train the next generation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals. The program's goal is a full student placement in government cybersecurity positions with at least 80 percent of scholarship recipients securing placement in an executive agency. The program emphasizes recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented and underserved populations including women and veterans.
In 2001, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 established the DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship (formally renamed as DoD CySP in 2018). The law is enacted to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students in cybersecurity studies. Students selected as CyberScholars will receive the full cost of tuition, books (from the institution/degree specific required book list, not books which are optional for the class), required fees (including health care), and a stipend to cover room and board.
In The News
- May 17, 2022| Insider| Business Insider India
- Cybersecurity is facing a massive talent crunch. Experts explain how diversity, strong workplace cultures, and better internships can fix it.
- May 4, 2022| EdScoop| AV Network
- Universities can't expect to grow cyber workforce with 'antiquated methods'
- March 17, 2022| Miami Dade College News| PublicNow
- Miami Dade College and University of West Florida Announce New Articulation Agreement for Graduate Degrees in Cybersecurity
- March 4, 2022| USA Today
- Ticking time bomb': Russian ransomware attacks are coming. What small businesses should do right now.
- March 4, 2022| WUWF-FM | National Cybersecurity News Today | WLRN | WUSF
- Ukraine invasion could include cyberattacks
- March 1, 2022| USA Today
- Americans are at higher risk of Russian cyberattacks after Ukraine invasion: What you should do right now
- March 1, 2022| UWF Newsroom| Security Infowatch
- UWF Cybersecurity adds partnerships and workforce development opportunities in 2022
- February 25, 2022| WEAR-TV
- UWF cybersecurity expert chimes in on potential Russian cyberattack
- December 28, 2021| Private Internet Access| Blogarama| TorchSec
- Interview with Dr. Tirthankar Ghosh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity