Cyber Florida to Work with Suwannee County Schools to Help Prepare Future Cyber Professionals
July 8, 2020 • Tampa, FL: Cyber Florida at USF and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF (FCIT) are pleased to announce that they will be working with the Suwannee County Schools to help prepare high school students to pursue careers in the in-demand field of cybersecurity.
“Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing and high-paying field that is critical to our nation, and we are dealing with a critical shortage of talent at both the state and national levels,” said Mike McConnell, the former director of U.S. National Intelligence and the National Security Agency, who now serves as the executive director of Cyber Florida. “We must engage students as early as we can to introduce and encourage their interest in cybersecurity; that is the only way that we will be able to build a larger talent pool to protect our country’s national and economic interests.”
Suwannee County Schools has been offering a Computer Systems and Information Technology program for four years exclusive to Suwannee High School. Cyber Florida and FCIT will work with the district to enhance the existing program with additional resources focused on cybersecurity career preparation. With these resources, the program will help prepare students to earn several widely recognized industry certifications often required for entry-level cybersecurity positions.
“Suwannee County Schools has been offering courses leading to Industry Certification in Cybersecurity for four years and is proud of being ahead of the curve in recognizing this industry need,” said teacher Belinda Fries. “We are now very excited to build a partnership with USF to enhance our ability to provide quality cybersecurity education to our students.”
As part of the partnership, Cyber Florida will provide both instructors and students with free access to the Florida CyberHub, a cloud-based resource that provides state-of-the-art cybersecurity software tools as well as training scenarios based on real-world incidents.
About Cyber Florida
The Florida Center for Cyber Security (also known as Cyber Florida) was established by the State of Florida in 2014 to make the Sunshine State one of the most cyber-secure in the nation by promoting cybersecurity education, research, and outreach in partnership with the 12 State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions. Hosted by the University of South Florida, the Center is committed to increasing the number of K-12 students interested in and prepared for careers in cybersecurity and related STEM disciplines.
Housed in the University of South Florida College of Education, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology provides professional learning, digital content, and technology integration evaluation services to schools and districts worldwide. The Center’s free resource websites average over two million hits per school day from nearly 200 countries and territories. FCIT hosts a variety of resources such as iTeach Professional Learning courses, the TIM Tools suite of technology integration evaluation tools and the College of Education’s iTeach Lounge.