Cybersecurity
@ UCF

Mission & Why It Is Important

For over 50 years at UCF, we have strived to produce the science and engineering talent required to meet the technological needs of the United States. UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to providing educational opportunities that promote the innovation and real-world experience our students need to contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art in Cyber Defense knowledge.

Central Florida is designated by the state as the National Center for modeling and simulation. The National Center for Simulation, is headquartered in the Central Florida Research Park, at UCF’s Vicinity. The Central Florida Research Park is home to the world’s largest cluster for computer simulation and modeling. NCS is part of the “Team Orlando” partnership between military organizations, the modeling and simulation industry, and academic institutions working together to leverage resources and contribute to the overall security of the United States. UCF’s Research Park also houses the Institute for Simulation and Training, an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing human-centered modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulation’s role in training and education. UCF has established an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), housed in the College of Sciences (Political Science Department). The Center is funded by a grant from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The IC CAE’s main goal is to prepare students, by enhancing critical skills and knowledge deemed essential by the intelligence community, for careers in national security and intelligence.

At UCF, we have a strong history of producing graduates who have a distinct focus on technology and national security. A 2015 workforce study, conducted by Aviation Week magazine, credited UCF with producing more graduates who obtain jobs in US aerospace and defense companies than any other university in the nation. In addition, over the past three years, both our Collegiate Cyber Defense team and our UCF Programming team have consistently finished in first place at their respective regional competitions. Furthermore, our Cyber Defense team has won, twice in a row (2014, 2015) the Collegiate National Cyber Defense Competition. UCF is the 2nd largest university in the nation with large Colleges such as College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Sciences and College of Business Administration. These Colleges are educating significant numbers of students to meet the nation’s workforce needs, and have a strong interest in educating students that meet the nation’s urgent cyber needs. UCF has hired 200 faculty in the 2015-2016 cycle and is hiring another 100 faculty in the 2016-2017 cycle. In 2016-2017, UCF is focusing some of these hires towards cluster faculty hires in the area of cyber security and privacy. The faculty cluster in this area is described at http://www.ucf.edu/faculty/cluster/cyber-security-and-privacy/, which has links to job postings in this area.

The recent establishment of UCF’s Cyber Center, under the auspices of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will strengthen the above educational and research activities in our institution, related to cyber, and further contribute to the continued excellent training of the future US cyber workforce.