Florida Center for Cybersecurity

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 here.

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.


Media Contact: Kate Whitaker, 813-974-1229

The 2017 Capacity Building Program promotes innovation and productivity in cybersecurity by encouraging SUS partners to develop educational capabilities and other initiatives.