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Center for Cybersecurity

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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 the regional hub for cybersecurity education and research, including multidisciplinary programs and certificates, research opportunities, outreach activities, and industry partnerships.

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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.  

Learn more about our CAE-designated BS in Cybersecurity under Education, and meet the Center's leadership and faculty and Advisory Board under the About the Center.

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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, a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program to rapidly expand the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The program is funded by a $9 million, three-year National Security Agency grant and the training is provided by a coalition of 10 institutions designated by the NSA as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C).

The CyberSkills2Work program focuses on recruiting, preparing, and placing transitioning military, first responders, and veterans into cybersecurity work roles in our nation’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors, including defense industrial base, energy, and financial services.

Learn more about the program here and read the latest press release.

Employers interested in hiring program graduates or organizations interested in supporting the program, please complete the interest form.

Apply Now for the UWF CyberSkills2Work Program

Are you a transitioning military member, first responder or veteran interested in launching or advancing your cybersecurity career?

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. Funded by the NSA, the intensive cybersecurity training and career development program is designed to grow and diversify the cybersecurity workforce.

Visit the UWF CyberSkills2Work Program page to learn more.

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Department of Defense 2022 Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) Seeks Applicants

Applications are now being accepted for the Department of Defense 2022 Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP). The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022. Details and link to the registration site can be found here.


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Accepting Applications for the Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program

Attention veterans and transitioning military personnel. Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 cohort for our Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program. Get on the road to a career in cybersecurity education. Visit Cybersecurity Faculty Development Program for more details and apply here. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.


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Free Training for Veterans with UWF CyberSuccess sponsored by Regions Foundation

The Center for Cybersecurity is proud to announce UWF CyberSuccess sponsored by Regions Foundation, an intensive cybersecurity training program designed to grow and diversify the cybersecurity workforce. Funded by the Regions Foundation and offered by the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity, the program provides FREE cybersecurity training and career development for eligible veterans to prepare and transition them into rewarding cybersecurity jobs along the Cyber Coast. 

For more information, see the press release and visit the UWF CyberSuccess sponsored by Regions Foundations website.

Cybersecurity For All® Program Nationally Recognized

The Center's Cybersecurity for All® program has been recognized among the 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education by National CyberWatch Center. The program's faculty team is pictured to the right. To learn more, read the National CyberWatch Center press release.

Cybersecurity for All®, is an innovative program to enhance readiness for evolving cybersecurity work roles and address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Organizations that would like to learn more about how the program can be customized to meet their workforce needs can contact the center at 850.474.3076 or

Additional information can also be found on the Cyber For All page.

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