UCCS Cybersecurity Initiative

UCCS CSI Program

Opportunity:  $1.8M/year for 3-years to build UCCS cybersecurity programs

Mission:         Build a nationally acclaimed cybersecurity program

Vision:            Eliminate vulnerability to cyber-attack

Direction:       29 May 18, SB18-086

                        1 Nov 18, Strategic Plan

Contact:         Rick White, Ph.D., rwhite2@uccs.edu, 719.360.3805

Program Activities (updated 14 Feb 19)

  1. Program Authorizations

    Goal: Encumber 100% before FA19 start, 26 Aug 19. Status: $942,090 (52%) authorized as part of Block I requests approved 29 Nov 18.  $857,910 (48%) remaining for Block II requests pending Chancellor approval.

  2. Cybersecurity Scholarshps

    Goal: Distribute $270,000 (15%) of CSI funds as cybersecurity scholarships (SB18-086). Status:$261,000 (97%) distributed to 179 students. Applications being accepted for FA20 scholarships. Contact Dr. Terry Boult in the Dept. of Computer Science, tboult@vast.uccs.edu. 

  3. Mountain West Cybersecurity Consortium

    Goal: Establish cybersecurity research collaborative among regional academic institutions. Status: UCCS hosting Spring Conference, 25 & 26 April, at CU Denver South Campus. Next planning teleconference scheduled 1 Mar 19. Call for papers issued 20 Dec 18. Status: In-Progress.

  4. Colorado Springs Economic Development Council

    Goal: Actively support EDC Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee (C3). Status: Rick White appointed as UCCS co-chair on Workforce Development and Education subcommittee together with Debbie Sagan from PPCC.

  5. Partner - National Cybersecurity Center

    Goal: Conduct joint research, training, & support. Status: Regular contact established.  Periodic meetings in-progress.

  6. UCCS Cybersecurity Facility

    Goal: Setup offices, classrooms, and laboratories for cybersecurity research and education in north-end of Cybersecurity Facility at 3650 N. Nevada Ave. (130,000 ft2). Status: Senior Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Development (Martin Wood) is leading fundraising efforts. Requirements Review Meeting scheduled 15 Feb 19 for Stakeholders to present and validate interior design plans.

  7. UCCS Cybersecurity Collaborative

    Goal: Establish formal organization and procedures to oversee authorizations and expenditure of CSI funding. Status: Aspirational. Charter and Strategic plans drafted 1 Nov 18.

    1 Nov 18 CSC Chater (draft)

  8. Partner - Pikes Peak Community College

    Goal: Setup 4-year cybersecurity degree program compatible for PPCC students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Cyber Security. Status: Computer Science Dept. drafted initial outline for BA in Cybersecurity. Preparing to coordinate with College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences. Target program implementation by Fall 2020.

  9. Expand Cybersecurity Programs

    Goal: Offer more courses and conduct more research. Meet or exceed national standards. Attain NSA certification as Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber-Operations (CAE-CO). Status. 28 Jan 19, Chancellor authorized CSI funding for tenure-track positions in College of Engineering and Applied Science. Position being considered as part of Block II CSI fund request. Waiting Chancellor approval.

  10. Partner - Industry

    Goal: Include public and private agencies in the Cybersecurity Collaborative. Status: Seeking to fund first industry partner.

  11. CISCO Strategic Relationship Agreement

    Goal: Optimally employ SRA with Cisco. Status: Completed first year of three-year agreement.