Cybersecurity is increasingly vital. People are connected by the internet to various systems and to each other. Businesses rely more heavily on cloud-based and big-data services. Government officials face more web-based attacks related to terrorism, espionage or other areas of national security. The danger posed by cyber threats 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. Institutions that are part of the Florida State University System (SUS) are working to expand educational offerings, research capabilities and partnerships to help make Florida the leading cyber state.
To accomplish this, the 2013 Florida Legislature called on the state's Board of Governors to submit a plan for the creation of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) -- a shared Cybersecurity resource for Florida's stakeholders in higher education, government, defense and industry. Principally located at the University of South Florida, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity was officially created in 2014.
In our ever-evolving technological world, Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary field since the subject inherently evolves with technological innovation and human behaviors.