Florida Center for Cybersecurity

University of South Florida Earns Cybersecurity Research Designation

USF receives designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

TAMPA, Florida – May 30, 2017 – The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that the University of South Florida has been granted designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2022.

This is the first time that USF has earned this designation. "This designation is yet another indication of Florida's growing importance as a leader in cybersecurity research," said Florida Center for Cybersecurity Director Sri Sridharan. "We're pleased to support efforts of the State University System (SUS) institutions to procure such designations and we congratulate Dr. Nasir Ghani, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity's research liaison, who led this effort."

As Dr. Ghani noted, "This designation reflects USF's status as a recognized leader in cyber defense research. We are fully committed to advancing cybersecurity research efforts at USF and training the cybersecurity researchers of tomorrow."

In the official award letter, Lynn Hathaway, National CAE-Research Program Manager at the NSA stated, "Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure." Certificates will be presented to designees at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama on June 7, 2017. In addition to the CAE-R designation, USF received designation in 2014 as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/ Cybersecurity (2014-2019.)

For more information, contact:
Jan Resch, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, 813-974-4992

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a statewide resource for cybersecurity education, community engagement and innovative, interdisciplinary research. The Center fosters collaboration between diverse stakeholders and it serves as a centralized clearinghouse for partners in academia, government, defense and industry to share knowledge, resources and best practices to mitigate cybersecurity threats, capitalize on opportunities and develop new solutions. Located on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, FC2 supports the development of a talented workforce, encourages new research and creative collaborations, and positions Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity. For more information, call (813) 974-2604 or email FC2@usf.edu.

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.