We envision an energetic, university-wide research cluster that moves the needle for UCF in both research and teaching. This cluster will focus on security (a technical construct), privacy (a social construct) and their intersection (a socio-technical system). Research and consulting in these areas will aid both businesses and government and will enhance faculty expertise for teaching students. Work on these problems involves human users, physical facilities, hardware, software, communication protocols and potential attackers. The modern world needs a comprehensive combination of research that provides integrated solutions to both the human and technological causes of security and privacy problems. In order to produce comprehensive solutions, our work will span many disciplines, including computer science, computer engineering, industrial engineering and management systems, legal studies, mathematics, optics and photonics, philosophy, political science, psychology and statistics. Integrating the technical and human aspects will set us apart.
UCF Colleges Involved in Cyber Security and Privacy
- College of Arts and Humanities
- College of Business Administration
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Health Professions and Sciences
- College of Optics and Photonics
- College of Sciences
- School for Modeling, Simulation and Training
Learn More About Cyber Defense, Security and Privacy:
- Security and privacy for the Internet of Things
- Tools and methods for preventing, discovering and mitigating:
- Security and privacy breaches,
- Insider threats, and
- Privacy risks and source-based self-censoring
- Evaluation techniques for determining the efficacy, efficiency and usability of such tools and methods
- Develop fundamental knowledge about the factors that make tools and methods effective, efficient and usable
- Develop fundamental breakthroughs in security and privacy, as demonstrated by novel tools and methods
- Respond quickly and successfully to opportunities for funded research, in conjunction with industry partners for possible federal grants and contracts
- Give expert advice and consulting to government and businesses
- Provide talented and well-trained students for government and businesses
More details about the cluster can be found in the Cyber Security and Privacy Faculty Cluster Proposal.
Why Join the Cyber Security and Privacy Cluster?
Opportunities for Research
Research budgets are increasing, and in 2014, budgets for cyber security and information assurance exceeded $800 million, with large amounts in DARPA, NSA and NSF. In 2015, cyber security continues to be a major bipartisan national priority in terms of funding and economic goals.
Two-time National Cyber Defense Champions
More than 250 students are in UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Club, and our student team won the 2014 and 2015 national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. UCF’s hardware security student team also competed in the final rounds in NYU Poly’s Embedded Security Challenge and won second place in 2013 and 2014.
High Demand for Quality Talent
Job predictions in cyber areas are better than those for other computer-related jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, “employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
We’re Looking for the Best.
Cyber Security and Privacy Faculty
The following faculty are involved in developing and guiding the cluster and its efforts. Many are national experts in cyber security and related fields and are recipients of National Science Foundation grants and other federal agency contracts or consulting in cyber security.
- Yan Solihin, Professor and Chair
- Michael (Clay) Posey, Associate Professor
- Aziz Mohaisen, Associate Professor
- Gary Leavens, Professor
- Paul Gazzillo, Assistant Professor
- Cliff Zou, Associate Professor
- Amro Awad, Assistant Professor
- Pamela Wisniewski, Assistant Professor
- Yao Li, Assistant Professor
The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in nine interdisciplinary areas to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape collaborative research and teaching across the university.