Partnership involving UWF will put state as a leader in cybersecurity

Source: University of West Florida

A partnership between the University of West Florida (UWF) Center for Cybersecurity and Florida Agency for State Technology (AST) will provide education and training for state agency personnel.

The training will also put Florida as a leader in cybersecurity, UWF added.

“As the threats evolve, we must continue to train our information security and technology resources. We hope our partnership with UWF will serve as a model for other states to not only provide advanced cyber training but to offer on-going educational opportunities for state employees,” said AST Executive Director and State Chief Information Officer Eric Larson.

The program will combine features and training on educational courses face-to-face and online.

UWF said the program will provide competency-based certifications to prepare state personnel for major cybersecurity roles.

“When we started the UWF Center for Cybersecurity, this is the type of partnership we envisioned,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Together, we will enhance the ability of state personnel to detect and defend against cyber attacks and fulfill our commitment to be a leader in cybersecurity education and training.”

Initial training began Tuesday at the Florida Department of Revenue in Tallahassee. They focused on cybersecurity awareness and fundamentals for AST personnel, state agency information security managers, and other information technology personnel.

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