The state university system’s Board of Governors has signed off on a proposal to create an ambitious Florida Center for Cybersecurity on the University of South Florida campus.
USF officials envision the center as a statewide hub specializing in education, research and outreach on all issues pertaining to cybersecurity. The university is proposing a phased-in state investment of $16.1 million and ultimately a $30 million headquarters at the Tampa campus. The facility would include a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, that would allow the university to analyze and protect classified information.
The proposal now goes to Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature, which called for the report in this spring’s legislative session, citing the rising tide of cybercrime and the potential for job creation in a red-hot field.
In other business at the meeting in Miami, the board heard plans by the University of Florida and Florida State University to utilize $15 million each in special funding to lift UF into the top 10 universities in the country and FSU into the top 25.