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The UWF Center for Cybersecurity is the regional hub for cybersecurity education and research, including multidisciplinary programs and certificates, research opportunities, outreach activities, and industry partnerships.

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UWF has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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UWF is an NSA-DHS Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center. As the NSA-DHS CAE Regional Resource Center for the South East, UWF provides leadership to advance cyber defense education among colleges and universities in the South East.

UWF is the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center for Southeast

As the NSA/DHS Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Center for the Southeast, UWF provides leadership to advance cyber defense education among colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and South Carolina.

Learn more about our NSA/DHS Cybersecurity CAE Southeast Regional Resource Center activities

2019-2020 Center for Cybersecurity Undergraduate Scholarships

The Center for Cybersecurity offers scholarships to undergraduates in Cybersecurity-related majors.

Learn more about our scholarships.


Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity director, presents at the 5th NATO Cyber Defence Smart Defence Projects Conference in Portugal.

UWF showcases cybersecurity initiatives internationally at NATO cyber conference

Breaking barriers as the first U.S. academic institution to participate in the NATO Cyber Defence project, the University of West Florida showcased its cybersecurity initiatives on the international stage at the 5th NATO Cyber Defence Smart Defence Projects Conference. Dr. Eman El-Sheikh shared innovative cybersecurity higher education practices in the U.S. geared toward workforce development, including the Centers of Academic Excellence Program and UWF’s best practices and role as one of the nation’s eight CAE Regional Resource Centers.


New downtown home

Operating out of a state-of-the-art facility in the Studer Community Institute Building in downtown Pensacola, the Center for Cybersecurity celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Monday, April 15, 2019.

The downtown location positions the Center to conduct innovative teaching, research and training for students, professionals and state agency personnel. The cutting-edge site supports full-spectrum cyber operations including detection, incident response, protection, recovery and investigation using hands-on, scenario-based training.


2019 Summer Cyber Camps

The Center for Cybersecurity will host 2019 summer cyber camps for high school students and educators in grades 1-12 at the downtown Studer Community Institute Building. The Guiding Cyber Mentors Camp and Pathways to Cyber Student Camp will each be in June.  

Learn more about our summer camps.

NSA Executive Director Harry Coker Jr. delivers keynote address at 2019 Cybersecurity CAE Executive Leadership Forum.

Center for Cybersecurity hosts Centers of Academic Excellence Executive Leadership Forum

Academia, industry and government executives addressed national challenges in cybersecurity workforce development, state and industry workforce needs, international cybersecurity education initiatives and industry innovations in cybersecurity at the 2019 Centers of Academic Excellence Executive Leadership Forum. The Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida hosted the forum in partnership with the National Security Agency/U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program (CAE-CD and CAE-CO). 

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