The UWF Center for Cybersecurity enhances cybersecurity awareness in the community through its Cybersecurity Ambassadors Program, hosting GenCyber camps and participating in outreach initiatives such as CyberPatriot and ITEN WIRED.
Our summer camps provide K12 students and teachers engaging instruction and hands-on skills-development, and an introduction to cybersecurity educational programs and career paths.
University of West Florida cybersecurity students support school programs and generate interest in cybersecurity education and careers among K-12 students as part of the Center for Cybersecurity Ambassadors Program.
The ambassadors visit K-12 schools in Northwest Florida to share their cybersecurity expertise and increase students' cybersecurity awareness through engaging activities and demos. Students learn about binary code, router attacks, encryption and other cybersecurity-related topics.
If interested in the ambassadors visiting your school to demo their capabilities and share educational and career opportunities, please contact us.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program developed by the Air Force Association. The CyberPatriot competition places middle and high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.
ITEN (Innovation Technology Education Network) WIRED Summit is the Southeast’s premier cybersecurity and IT conference to connect, collaborate and build community with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and educators on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship topics.
For more information on ITEN WIRED, visit itenwired.com.
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Florida Affiliate
The UWF Center for Cybersecurity founded the Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Florida Affiliate to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in cybersecurity across our state. Women in CyberSecurity is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of women everywhere to provide mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities to help them enter or advance careers in cybersecurity. WiCyS’ extensive network across industry, academia, and government promotes diversity and broader participation in the field. To learn more, contact WiCySFlorida@wicys.org.
Florida and Southeast CyberUSA Affiliate
The UWF Center for Cybersecurity serves as the CyberUSA Affiliate for Florida and the Southeast U.S., which includes FL, AL, GA, MS, SC, and PR. CyberUSA is a collaboration of states focused on a common mission of enabling innovation, education, workforce development, enhanced cyber readiness, and resilience - all while connecting the cyber ecosystem of the United States and its Allies. This non-profit “community of communities” is governed by its members, established to enhance information sharing between states and improve cyber resilience at all levels of participation - local, regional and national.
For additional information or to get involved, please contact:
Community and Public Relations Director
Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida