Cyber Florida Charts a New Course for the Future
Cyber Florida’s new executive director, Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, USN, Retired, recently shared his vision for the next phase of Cyber Florida. In a sponsored report published in Florida Trend, the organization revealed it plans to take a new, collaborative approach to better integrate the cybersecurity research, education, and outreach efforts of the State University System of Florida’s (SUS) 12 schools and achieve more statewide impact.
To help achieve these new goals, Cyber Florida is building a Governing Council, consisting of dean-level leaders from SUS partner institutions, to focus on increasing the number of cyber graduates to a goal of 5,000 annually. One of the priorities of the Governing Council will be to develop a dashboard to track undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded in cybersecurity and related disciplines across the SUS.
Cyber Florida will also utilize a more collaborative approach to improve the cybersecurity workforce development pipeline in the state of Florida, and ideally, nationwide. With the hopes of introducing young students to the possibility of a career in cybersecurity, Cyber Florida has partnered with USF’s Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) to develop a model K-12 cyber curriculum for use across the state.
Ushered in with the help of new Staff Director Ron Sanders, DPA, this reinvigorated vision is outlined in a two-page report in the current issue of Florida Trend magazine. Read the full report in the July print version of Florida Trend or see an advanced copy here!