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Member Webinar: National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program

Graphic promoting a July 23, 2021, NCyTE Center Member Webinar about a video series on maritime cybersecurity

At the NCyTE Member Webinar on Friday, July 23, at 9 a.m. Pacific, Dr. Eman El-Sheikh of the University of West Florida presents on the National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program, a federal grant-funded initiative that aims to expand the cybersecurity workforce for critical infrastructure sectors.

Dr. El-Sheikh is Associate Vice President at the University of West Florida (UWF), leads the Center for Cybersecurity, and is also a Professor of Computer Science.

UWF leads a coalition of ten institutions designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) to establish a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program to rapidly expand the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The program focuses on recruiting, preparing, and placing transitioning military and first responders into cybersecurity work roles in critical infrastructure sectors, including financial services, the defense industrial base, and the energy sectors.

Each coalition institution offers cybersecurity workforce pathways that prepare participants for specific cybersecurity work roles, aligned with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Students develop core competencies and skills through stackable, verifiable credentials and certificates. 

The National Security Agency (NSA) selected UWF to oversee the program, which is funded by a two-year, $6 million grant.

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