Report finds Florida is poised to become a leader in cybersecurity education, workforce development and research.
February 8, 2018—Tampa, FL—The Florida Center for Cybersecurity today released The State of Cybersecurity in Florida, a comprehensive review of the state’s cyber threat environment, workforce needs, education and training opportunities, and research activity as well as an in-depth examination of the cybersecurity posture of Florida’s businesses and organizations. The Center contracted with Gartner to independently conduct the study and document their findings in the report, which is intended to facilitate decision making for policymakers and stakeholders in industry, academia, defense, and government.
“Good decisions come from good information,” remarked Sri Sridharan, director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. “For this report, Gartner looked at many aspects of cybersecurity—from education, workforce demand, and economic factors to technical issues such as incident response capability. Our goal was to take a broad look at the cybersecurity landscape in Florida and compile information that stakeholders across the state can use as they make decisions impacting their organizations.”
“We believe there is a much-needed shift taking place, with organizations that traditionally may have been reactive when it comes to cybersecurity now becoming proactive,” noted Sridharan. “That shift, coupled with the state’s commitment to cybersecurity, is sure to yield huge dividends for Florida,” he said.
To view the full report, visit the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s website at thefc2.org/news/soc.aspx.
About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity
The Florida Center for Cybersecurity is a statewide resource established to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education and workforce development; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community engagement. With a geographic footprint that spans Florida and encompasses all twelve State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions, the Center serves as a hub for creating connections, building partnerships, capitalizing on opportunities, and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in industry, academia, government, and defense. The Center hosts events to engage a diverse audience base throughout the year and administers funding programs that support collaborative research and cybersecurity programming at SUS institutions.