Center for Cybersecurity
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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 and to apply by February 19, 2021.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Additional information can also be found on the Cyber For All page.
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In The News
- January 4, 2021| Florida Business Daily
- University of West Florida's profile in national cybersecurity increased in national reorganization
- December 2, 2020| UWF Newsroom| Homeland Security News Wire| Security Magazine| Florida Business Daily| Homeland Security News Wire
- UWF re-designated as Cybersecurity Regional Hub for the Southeast US with expanded mission, region, and partnerships
- November 23, 2020| Dark Reading
- 10 Undergraduate Security Degree Programs to Explore
- November 10, 2020| Cybersecurity Dive
- Agility, teamwork, mission-focus: Why companies look to vets to fill cyber job gap
- November 2, 2020| WFTS-TV
- Florida spends millions on cybersecurity after 2016 hacks of election offices
- October 27, 2020| UWF Newsroom| PNJ| U2B| Florida Trend| NorthEscambia.com| WEAR-TV| Security Magazine| FocusTechnica| Nextgov| MarketScale| Sioux Falls Business| San Antonio Business Journal| UWF Voyager| Grant News
- UWF awarded $6 million grant to lead national cybersecurity workforce development program