Cybersecurity is increasingly vital as more and more people are connected by the internet, businesses rely more heavily on cloud-based and big-data services, and government officials face more web-based attacks related to terrorism, espionage or other areas of national security. The danger is growing exponentially as the world becomes more web-dependent.
As ominous as this world of cyber-threats is, it opens up a huge workforce and research opportunity. The University of South Florida, which already has a strong cybersecurity foundation, is working to expand its educational offerings, research capabilities and partnerships to help make Florida the leading cyber state.
In concert with this effort, the 2013 Florida Legislature called on the state's Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, to deliver a blueprint for creating the Florida Center for Cybersecurity - a shared resource for all Florida's higher education, government, defense and business communities to be principally located at USF. The proposal is now making its way through the state Legislature.