Military Embedded Systems

University and Navy officials sign education agreement with cybersecurity focus


June 28, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

University and Navy officials sign education agreement with cybersecurity focus
Sri Sridharan, Managing Director and COO of FC2 and NAWCTSD?s Commanding Officer, Capt. Erik Etz. Photo by U.S. Navy.

ORLANDO, Fla. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and University of South Florida (USF) representatives entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement that will focus especially in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber warfare modeling, simulation, training, and human performance (MST&HP). The agreement will leverage the combined resources of both organizations for the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Capt. Erik Etz, NAWCTSD’s Commanding Officer says, “Cybersecurity is one of the top five areas we focus on as it affects much of what we do. Integrated warfighting capability, networked operations, distributed training, linking trainers together across platforms…all of that requires cybersecurity and cyber awareness, as it has the potential to be the battlefield of the future.”

USF will provide strategic vision and guidance facilitating education and information sharing on cybersecurity through its Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2). Created by the 2013 Florida Legislature and under the USF leadership, FC2 is “charged with securing Florida’s place as the national leader in cybersecurity through education; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community outreach.”

NAWCTSD, as an executive member of Team Orlando and with the assistance of other members, will provide MST&HP experience and resources to help make USF/FC2’s vision a reality. Team Orlando is a modeling, simulation, and training company and through FC2's cybersecurity working working, Team Orlando and FC2 will facilitate the sharing of cyber training and technologies, lessons learned and initiatives, and to facilitate cyber collaboration among Team Orlando members and other organizations outside of Team Orlando.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Leaders from NAWCTSD, and other military simulation commands of Team Orlando meet with representatives of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida. Photo by U.S. Navy.[/caption]

“We are excited to bring the best attributes of our research and begin working with Team Orlando,” says Sri Sridharan, managing director and chief operating officer for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF.

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