El-Sheikh presented alongside Diane Janosek, commander of the NSA’s National School of Cryptology, and Margaret Morton, senior manager of Mutual of America. The session highlighted replicable and scalable programs, lessons learned, and NSA and UWF collaborations to create the next generation of cyber warriors and a culture of cybersecurity.
“The National Security Agency was pleased to participate in RSA 2021, especially with the issue of RSA resilience,” Janosek said. “Investing in the cyber workforce of the future is a necessity for cyber resilience, especially with the increasing volume and sophistication of cyberattacks and the high need for talent. NSA is grateful for its innovative partnership with UWF to attract, educate and retain high-caliber cyber talent for the nation. ”
UWF is designated by the NSA as the National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Education (CAE-C). The University also serves as the regional center of the National Center for Academic Excellence for the Southeast. In the presentation, UWF and the NSA discussed initiatives to train the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. Most notably, the UWF Cybersecurity Center is leading a coalition of 10 CAE-C-designated institutions to establish a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program to rapidly expand the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The NSA selected UWF to oversee the program, which is funded by a two-year, $ 6 million grant.
Over the next two years, the national workforce program aims to recruit, prepare and deploy more than 1,600 military in transition, first aid and veterans in cybersecurity roles in our nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. , including financial services, the defense industrial base and the energy sectors.
During the summer, UWF hosts NSA and National Science Foundation-funded GenCyber camps to increase interest, knowledge, and skills in cybersecurity among K12 students and faculty. The UWF Cybersecurity Center launched the Cybersecurity for All® program to help organizations rehabilitate or refine staff for evolving cybersecurity roles and help individuals launch or advance cybersecurity careers through an NSA grant . UWF also supports the NSA’s national faculty development initiative to address the critical shortage of qualified teachers in cybersecurity.
“It was an honor to present alongside Diane Janosek and Margaret Morton best practices to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity leaders,” El-Sheikh said. “The National Security Agency provides the vision, leadership and support to advance our nation’s cybersecurity education and training through multiple programs and we appreciate our partnership and the opportunity to make a difference.” .
For more information on UWF’s cybersecurity initiatives and the partnership with the NSA, visit uwf.edu/cybersecurity.