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UWF Cyber Skills Exercises

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity offers Cyber Skills Exercises that provide essential cybersecurity knowledge and hands-on skills utilizing the Florida Cyber Range. These 1-day synchronous online sessions are FREE for eligible transitioning military members, first responders, veterans, military spouses, women, underrepresented minorities, and government employees. The exercises are offered through the CyberSkills2Work Program.

Cyber Skills Exercises are 1-day synchronous online sessions on essential cybersecurity topics that provide essential knowledge and hands-on skills using the Florida Cyber Range. The exercises are often offered from 8 am – 4 pm CT with a break from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CT but individual session times may vary.

Course Title Duration Course Date(s) Instructor
ICS and SCADA Security 1 Day Feb 15, 2024 Francia and Rasnick
NIST Frameworks and Standards 1 Day Mar 7, 2024 Francia and Garrett
Elections Security 1 Day Mar 28, 2024 Francia and Avila
Maritime Security 1 Day May 16, 2024 Rasnick and Dewitte
Water and Watewater Security 1 Day May 30, 2024 Rasnick and McCasland
Eligibility Requirements:
To qualify for free participation in the exercise, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
2. Must have a high school diploma or GED
3. Must be a transitioning military member, first responder, veteran, military spouse, woman, underrepresented minority, or government personnel.
Documentation Needed:


What You Will Need

Before attempting to fill out the application, gather all essential documents and keep them on hand. The following materials must be submitted with your Cyber Skills Exercise, application:

Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Applicants are required to provide valid proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, U.S. passport, passport card, Permanent Resident Card, or Certificate of Naturalization.

Proof of Identity: Valid credentials are a state driver’s license, state identification card, or Native American tribal document.

Service Records (Active/Transitioning Military Members, Military Spouses, and Veterans): We must receive proof of your military service. Acceptable documents include military orders, a DD214, DD215, or Record of Separation. Additional accepted documents include electronic military service records, for example:

  • ERB (Army – Enlisted Record Brief)
  • CDB (Air Force – Career Data Brief)
  • BIR (Marine Corps – Basic Individual Record)
  • ESR (Navy – Electronic Service Record) or NSIPS (Navy Standard Integrated Personnel Systems)
  • El-PDR or USCG Military Record (National Coast Guard - Electronic Personnel Data Record)

The Department of Veterans Affairs makes validating military service easy. Just log in to eBenefits and follow these steps:

Verification of Employment (Government Employees and First Responders): Applicants using their status as a first responder or government employee to qualify must submit a signed verification letter of employment (on the organization’s official letterhead), confirming present or previous job status. The letter should include dates of service, position held, and contact information for the employer who can verify your employment. An employment verification template is provided in the application and is also acceptable documentation.

**Please redact any sensitive information from any documents, including social security number, etc, before submitting them.


These exercises are part of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, CyberSkills2WorkTM, and funded by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).