• Florida Center for Cybersecurity Announces 2017 Capacity Building Program Awards

    More than $720,000 awarded to nine recipients to support cybersecurity projects in Florida.


    TAMPA, Florida – April 11, 2017 – The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Capacity Building Program – an initiative that provides funding to State University System (SUS) institutions to expand or develop new cybersecurity curriculum, develop lab/technology capabilities, or develop and execute community outreach initiatives.


    Both faculty and non-faculty employees in the SUS were eligible to apply for funding through this newly-launched program. Awards ranged from approximately $44,000 to $100,000.


    “While FC2 already supports cybersecurity research efforts in Florida through its Seed Award Program, we launched the Capacity Building Program to support other cybersecurity initiatives that support our statewide mission.  The response to this new program was very positive and we’re pleased to invest in these exciting projects,” said Sri Sridharan, director of FC2.  Award recipients include:


    • Lingling Fan, University of South Florida

    A SCADA Lab for Power Grid Cybersecurity


    • Bogdan Carbunar, Florida International University

    Using a Cyberlearning Environment to Enhance Critical Cybersecurity Education


    • Eman El-Sheikh, University of West Florida

    Florida Cyber Pathways: Expanding Florida’s Cybersecurity Workforce through High School Pathways


    • Ezhil Kalaimannan, University of West Florida

    A Novel Framework to Teach Hands-on Laboratory Exercises In Cybersecurity


    • Kanwalinderjit Gagneja, Florida Polytechnic University

    Curriculum and Lab/Technology Development on Digital Forensics

    • Yier Jin, University of Florida

    Internet of Things Design and Security – An Online Course Development for Academia, Industry, and Government


    • Rob Totterdale, Florida Gulf Coast University

    Security Lab and Capability Development Project


    • Michael Myhre, University of West Florida

    Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Outreach Program for Florida Small Business


    • Selcuk Ulugac, Florida International University

    Development of a Hands-on Security Class for Internet


    For more details about the 2017 Capacity Building Program, click herehttp://thefc2.org/research/capacity-building-program.aspx



    About the Capacity Building Program

    The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) supports the efforts of the State University System (SUS) to promote innovation and productivity in cybersecurity. Through its Capacity Building Program, the Center intends to incentivize its SUS partners to take a market-based approach in developing and enhancing educational capabilities to support workforce needs, and undertake other initiatives aligned with the Center’s mission.



    About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

    Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC2 is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.



    About the University of South Florida

    The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.