The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) is a state-funded organization dedicated to positioning Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education and workforce development; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community outreach. Hosted at the University of South Florida, Cyber Florida works with all 12 State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions as well as industry, government and defense to build partnerships and develop programs that grow and strengthen Florida’s cybersecurity industry.
- EDUCATION & WORKFORCE
Cyber Florida is closely allied with the State University System of Florida (SUS). Cyber Florida organizes and administers the SUS Cybersecurity Advisory Council and subcommittees, which bring professors and CISOs from all 12 institutions together to discuss collaborations, programs and strategies to ensure the state's cybersecurity education programs continue to meet the needs of students and industry. As of 2019, the SUS offers 45 degree and certificate programs in cybersecurity with several hundred graduates and thousands more enrolled.
- INNOVATIVE RESEARCH
Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary field that demands ongoing research to keep pace with ever-evolving threats. Cyber Florida currently administers the Collaborative Seed Award Program, the first step toward building a cybersecurity research ecosystem in Florida that links academic research with private industry, government and defense. The Collaborative Seed Award Program funds research conducted by scholars from at least two SUS institutions, promoting interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration.
- OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT
Cyber Florida engages in community outreach on two fronts: the general public and the cybersecurity industry. For the general public, we administer campaigns, host events, and give presentations to improve awareness of cybersecurity best practices and to encourage people to consider a career in cybersecurity. On the industry front, we host, sponsor and participate in events and programs that support industry growth and collaboration, such as our annual conference.