The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the University of Central Florida will coordinate training and research support as of a new memorandum of understanding, according to UCF officials.

The memorandum enables the Army to use laboratories in UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training dedicated to behavioral cyber security, data analytics, and more. As a designated National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, by both the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, UCF may provide the training.

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“We have seen a progression of research and training in cybersecurity within the Army and now they have to focus on workforce development,” said retired Army colonel Bruce Caulkins, Director of the UCF Modeling & Simulation of Behavioral Cybersecurity program.

The memorandum states that UCF will provide specific training modules to protect the National Information Infrastructure, networks, hardware, software, and databases required to make information accessible over the Internet, according to UCF.

Data analysis, cyberdefense, cyberthreats, cryptography, network defense, and intrusion detection will be covered in the training.

“UCF is uniquely qualified to provide a wide range of educational support in cyber, both from a technical and humancentric point of view,” said dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Michael Georgiopoulos.

“The many strengths of UCF’s program within CECS are centered on the collaboration of education professionals who cover a wide array of highly technical subjects and research areas.”