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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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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.


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UWF Awarded $6 Million Grant to Lead National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program

The University of West Florida was selected by the National Security Agency to lead a coalition of 10 CAE designated institutions to establish a workforce development program to address the national shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The program, funded by a two-year, $6 million NSA grant, focuses on recruiting, preparing, and placing transitioning military and first responders into cybersecurity work roles in critical infrastructure sectors, including financial services, defense industrial base, and energy sectors.

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

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


Center for Cybersecurity Launches UWF CyberSkills2Work 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, including financial services, defense industrial base, and energy 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.


UWF re-designated as Cybersecurity Regional Hub

The University of West Florida has been re-designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as the Southeast Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Regional Hub. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity has served as the Southeast regional hub since 2017, providing leadership in cybersecurity education among colleges and universities in five states and Puerto Rico. UWF’s role now expands to lead cybersecurity education efforts in a broader region that includes eight states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

Read the full story here.

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


Students at the Center For Cybersecurity

NSF Cybercorps® Scholarship for Service / UWF Argo Cyber Emerging Scholars (ACES)

The CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program aims to recruit and train the next generation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals to meet the evolving cybersecurity mission for federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The Argo Cyber Emerging Scholars (ACES) program will establish a cybersecurity community of practice to grow and sustain a superior cybersecurity workforce through scholarships, professional development, high-impact learning practices, hands-on cybersecurity skills development, transfer pathways, and community and employer partnerships. 

The application is open through March 31, 3021. Visit the Argo Cyber Emerging Scholars page to learn more and to apply.


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 cybersecurity@uwf.edu.

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