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We’re training the next generation of cybersecurity leaders with dynamic, interdisciplinary education and state-of-the-art programs and facilities.

You'll become a cybersecurity professional with our up-to-date, industry-aligned programs and hands-on experience.

Why Study Cybersecurity at UWF?

Cyberattacks have grown in frequency, and highly trained analysts are needed to develop innovative solutions to detect and prevent attacks on critical systems.

Our cybersecurity program strengthens critical thinking, analytical ability and problem-solving skills. You will have opportunities to study cybersecurity issues in the cybersecurity lab and participate in regional cyber competitions.

UWF has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency. Our B.S in Cybersecurity program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. Details about this effort can be found at the Department of Computer Science ABET Accreditation page.

What You Will Learn

Our curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication and confidentiality of information and information systems.

You will study such topics as malware analysis, database security, Linux system administration and secure software development.

The cybersecurity major prepares students for careers as information systems security professionals, senior system managers and system administrators responsible for information systems and their security.

Careers & Employers

Cybersecurity professionals are in demand. Employment in the field is projected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Titles


  • Cybersecurity Analyst 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Forensics Specialist 
  • Applications Programmer
  • Network and System Administrator 
  • Database Administrator 
  • Software Consultant

Employers


  • Department of Homeland Security
  • National Security Agency
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Target
  • IBM

ABET Accreditation

Our B.S in Cybersecurity program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, https://www.abet.org. ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.

ABET computing accreditation commission

Graduates of the Cybersecurity program at UWF will be known for their accomplishments in the early stage of their careers and they should:

  • Contribute meaningfully to the protection of data assets and analysis of potential threats to systems and networks either individually or through interdisciplinary teams within a global and societal context.
  • Professionally and ethically, engage in technical or managerial cybersecurity activity through relevant ability, communication skills, and knowledge.
  • Engage in continuing professional growth through post-graduate education, continuing education, or professional activity.
  • Contribute to the economic development of the Northwest Florida region and the state of Florida.

The faculty has adopted the following Student Learning Outcomes for the Cybersecurity program:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply the principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions. 
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts. 
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline. 
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats. 
Cybersecurity Enrollment and Degree Data
Academic YearEnrollment (Fall Semester)Degrees Awarded
2019-2020 256 22
2018-2019 142 3

UWF awarded prestigious grant to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

The University of West Florida has been awarded a five-year grant totaling approximately $2.4 million to prepare cybersecurity students for federal, state, local and tribal government organizations amid a cyber workforce shortage.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Cybersecurity program.

Additional Information

Minors

Students in the program may also earn a minor in computer science.

Certificates

Students in the program may also earn a certificate in Database Systems.

Internships

Among the numerous local and regional internship opportunities:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • United States Air Force
  • Bit-Wizards
  • CGI

Students can also engage with faculty from UWF's Center for Cybersecurity in research partnerships.

Scholarships

CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service: Argo Cyber Emerging Scholars Program

The ACES program provides scholarships for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. In return, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

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