Florida Center for Cybersecurity

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) supports the efforts of the State University System of Florida (SUS) to promote innovation and productivity in cybersecurity. Through this Capacity Building Program, the Center assists its SUS partners in developing and enhancing educational capabilities to meet statewide workforce needs and to undertake other initiatives that align with the Center's mission.

2017-2018 Recipients

Capability Development and Community Outreach Project $53,474
Dr. Robert Totterdale, Florida Gulf Coast University
Aims to implement a new digital forensics course utilizing commercial and open-source software hosted on the Florida CyberHub.

Capture-the-Flag (CTF) Scenario-Based Cybersecurity Exercises Development $50,000
Dr. Shuyuan Mary Ho, Florida State University
Aims to increase the number of up-to-date hands-on exercise modules that instruct core concepts and principles in human vulnerabilities, human-computer interaction, cyber operations, and cloud forensics, so that graduates are well prepared for cyber defense positions in government and commercial operations.

Cyber Jedi in Smart Cities (CJSC) $35,000
Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga, University of West Florida
Aims to expand awareness, across age groups, of the advantages and challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) and of cyber threats and means to address these threats.

Cybersecurity in Education--Curricula Development/USF CyberCamp Development and Outreach $70,000
Dr. Nathan Fisk, University of South Florida
Aims to use case study methods to develop regionally grounded cybersecurity curricula for educators in PreK-12 and higher education settings. Aims to connect Tampa-area school students to a network of cybersecurity professionals and mobilize the local cybersecurity community to develop freely available cybersecurity lesson plans supporting similar camp programs throughout the state of Florida.

Cybersecurity Online Tools and Training for Florida Small Businesses $100,000
Michael Myhre, University of West Florida
Aims to deliver an actionable cybersecurity assessment tool and online cybersecurity training to guide the development of prevention measures, tailored specifically to Florida's small business community.

Database and Mobile Forensics Infrastructure for Workforce Development $50,000
Dr. Himanshu Upadhyay, Florida International University, and Dr. Ehsan Sheybani, University of South Florida
Aims to design and develop an innovative database and mobile forensics infrastructure using the latest tools for training and workforce development. 

Developing Cybersecurity Laboratory and Curriculum for Critical Energy Infrastructure $50,000
Dr. Wei Sun, University of Central Florida
Aims to develop the cybersecurity laboratory with curriculum for education and research on the security and resilience of interdependent critical energy infrastructure.

Development of a Blockchain-Oriented Security Class $50,000
Dr. Koray Karabina, Florida Atlantic University, and Dr. Hidayet Aksu, Florida International University
Aims to develop a novel, hands-on, upper-undergraduate-level course on the blockchain technology.

Development of an Interactive Class-Based Curriculum with Hands-On Laboratory Experimentations for Energy Cyber-Physical Infrastructure (CI) $50,000
Dr. Osama Mohammed and Dr. Benjamin Baez, Florida International University
Aims to educate current and future users of CI technologies on existing and possible uses of CI technologies, enhancing problem-solving skills for addressing current workplace CI weaknesses and promoting experimental use for applying existing technologies to new uses.

Development of Curriculum and Hands-On Labs for Mobile Computing Security $70,544
Dr. Karim Elish, Florida Polytechnic University, and Dr. Aziz Mohaisen, University of Central Florida
Aims to build institutional capacity at Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Poly) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) by: (i) developing a course on mobile computing security and privacy (including teaching materials and hands-on virtual labs), and (ii) integrating them into the existing curricula to advance the cybersecurity program.

Development of Cybersecurity Lab Exercises for Mobile Health $65,000
Dr. Ashok Srinivasan, Florida State University, and Dr. Hongmei Chi, Florida A&M University
Aims to fill the current lacuna in cybersecurity education in the context of mobile health applications by developing educational material to augment current cybersecurity courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

Internet of Things Design and Security: An Online Course Development for Academia, Industry and Government $50,000
Dr. Nasir Ghani, University of South Florida, and Dr. Yier Jin, University of Florida
Aims to expand the related course materials and lab sessions and also introduce this new course to universities in Florida as well as nationwide.

Virtual Network/Wireless Labs for Cybersecurity Education and Training $40,000
Dr. Shigang Chen, University of Florida, and Dr. Yao Liu, University of South Florida
Aims to provide tools for attacks, defenses and their interplay to be animated with real network topologies and real traffic, as well as tools that enable students to observe, study and analyze common security issues in wireless systems that can be shared with other institutions over the internet.

The Capacity Building Program develops and enhances the educational capabilities of our SUS partners to meet evolving and expanding workforce needs.