The University of West Florida is offering veterans an opportunity to train for a career in cybersecurity.

"We are honored to partner with the Regions foundation to make this program available at no cost to eligible veterans,” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, associate vice president with the UWF Center for Cybersecurity.

The program is called UWF CyberSuccess. It provides professional training, career development and industry certification to launch or advance a career in cybersecurity.

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Florida West – the economic development arm of the Panhandle – is out with a new campaign.

“Remote from Here” urges cyber-workers up north braving another harsh winter are being courted either to move to the Florida Panhandle, or at least sign on to a company here without leaving home.


In the run up to the 2020 general election, the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity recently provided virtual training for the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections staff.

Officials say Florida’s 2018 midterm election was held without any reported intrusions by hackers – a 180-degree turn from the 2016 general election, when voting systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia. Virginia’s Mark Warner, a member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, appeared on PBS’s “Frontline” last fall.


The city of Pensacola is under siege in cyberspace. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the attack began over the weekend.

“That is impacting our city network, including phones and email at City Hall and some of our buildings,” said Mayor Grover Robinson. “The public may not be able to contact some city staff, until these issues are resolved. We ask for your patience as IT works diligently to restore all services.”

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Florida is joining a national electronic center to exchange voter registration data with other states – an effort that’s been long-sought by the 67 counties’ supervisors of elections.

“Election security, obviously, is important, but so is the integrity of our voter registration rolls,” said the governor. “And one of the best ways to do that, I think, is for Florida to join the Electronic Voter Registration Information Center which is known as ERIC.”

Press Release:The University of West Florida and the National Security Agency announce a partnership to enhance cybersecurity workforce development and create accelerated pathways toward completion of an undergraduate cybersecurity degree program.  The agreement allows students who complete the Joint Cyber Analysis Course to earn undergraduate credit hours at UWF. JCAC is open to active military.

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With 2017 in the rearview mirror at Florida West, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the challenges on the horizon for 2018 in part two of his report on local economic development.

Many of the projects and initiatives begun by Florida West in 2017 will continue to progress this year. And to hear CEO Scott Luth tell it, 2018 is hitting the ground running.

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After a banner year in 2017, the Florida West Economic Development Alliance is looking ahead to more successes in 2018. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody kicks off a two-part report – first up -- the year past.

Chief Executive Officer Scott Luth says it was a good year overall laying groundwork. The one issue that stands out to him is the Bluffs Industrial Campus – which received $3.1 million from the state for site connectivity and infrastructure improvements.

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It has been a little over a year since Dr. Martha Saunders took over as President of The University of West Florida. She sat down WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about that first year and her vision for the future of the university. 

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iTEN WIRED, the annual conference that draws executives, engineers, entrepreneurs and others in the technology fields, is set for early October at Pensacola Beach.

This event dates back to 2009, when the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce began it as a quarterly event. But Jim Rhodes, now in his fifth year as conference director, says it eventually morphed into the annual event of today.

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As technology evolves, so do cybersecurity threats.

Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor of government at the University of West Florida, recently received a GROW Institute grant from the UWF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to begin to look at the implications of technology and security policy.

“My larger area of interest is national security and foreign policy, so naturally cyber-issues have become more and more prominent,” Shively said. “I started doing a lot of reading and wrote a paper on the topic and have recently written a research grant proposal.”

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Pensacola recently to get a firsthand look at the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity.

Center Director Eman El-Sheikh provided a briefing on the facility, one of only six National Center Academic of Excellence (CAE) Regional Resource Centers in the country, serving the Southeast and Puerto Rico.

“We’re thrilled about what we’re doing to cybersecurity, and we certainly want to help advance the state of it overall as a national leader in cyber-education,” said El-Sheikh.

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Students from ITT Tech looking to continue their education can get a helping hand from George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. 

All 137 ITT campuses across 39 states have been closed, after the U.S. Department of Education barred the for-profit from enrolling new students who depend on federal aid. The sanctions came after ITT's accrediting agency threatened to withdraw accreditation

According to the Department of Education, ITT received an estimated $580 million in federal money last year.

Think before you click on a link, regularly check your social media security settings and pay more attention to what information you could accidentally reveal in a “selfie” posted online.

Those were some of the tips given by a cybersecurity expert who spoke March 9 at the University of West Florida Conference Center.