Cybersecurity Initiative

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

Mission: Conduct workforce development and research and development to support and enhance cybersecurity for the State and Nation

Vision: Build a nationally acclaimed cybersecurity program

Direction: 30 May 18, SB18-086

                  1 Jul 19, FY20 Strategic Plan

Contact:    Rick White, Ph.D.



Program Activities (updated 17 Jul 19)

  1. Program Authorizations

    Goal: Spend 100% of FY19 before 30 Jun 19. Status: FY19 ended. 99% spent. $12,187.56 remaining balance. FY20 started 1 Jul 19. Met with Budget to determine initial distributions. FY20 funds technically available. Will confirm loads 1 Aug 19. Will conduct internal review 10 Sep 19 to see what funds, if any, can be re-allocated.

  2. Cybersecurity Scholarships

    Goal: SB18-086 requires 15% of each annual distribution to be awarded as scholarships. Status: AY19 and AY20 scholarships all allocated.

  3. Mountain West Cybersecurity Consortium

    Goal: Establish cybersecurity research collaborative among regional academic institutions. Status: Fall conference rescheduled from 20 Sep 19 to 19 Oct 19 to accommodate NCC Cybersecurity Symposium. https://www.mtnwestca.org/.

  4. Colorado Springs Economic Development Council

    Goal: Actively support EDC Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee (C3). Status: Met with C3 co-chair, Gretchen Bliss, Pikes Peak Community College. Developing plan to organize, fund, and present three events next summer: 1) Train the Teacher Cybersecurity Workshops, 2) Cybersecurity Summer Camp, and 3) Coding Bootcamp.

  5. Partner - National Cybersecurity Center

    Goal: Conduct joint research, training, & support. Status: CSI Program Director moved into new NCC office on 17 Jun 19. UCCS and NCC are working together to develop joint projects.

  6. UCCS Cybersecurity Facility

    Goal: Setup offices, classrooms, and laboratories for cybersecurity research and education in Cybersecurity Facility (CSF) North Annex at 3650 N. Nevada Ave. Status: Collected UCCS, NCC, and XI space requirements at meetings conducted 15 Feb 19 and 4 Mar 19. Submitted consolidated requirements to Facilities on 6 Apr 19. Facilities convened meeting 15 May 19 to review draft design. Facilities released revised plan 3 Jun 19. Faculty review conducted 19 Jun 19.

    27 Mar 19 Consolidated Space Requirements

  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. Only two CS professors currently specialize in cybersecurity. On 28 Jan 19, Chancellor authorized CSI funding use for tenure-track professors. On 30 Jan 19, Chancellor approved EAS request for tenure-track associate professor position. On 15 Feb 19, Chancellor approved using CSI funds to hire three tenure-track professors in next two years. CS Dept. completed interviews for Gallogly Chair position (CSI funds supported interviews). Working on Position Descriptions (PDs) for two (2) FY20 Tenure Professors.

  10. CISCO Strategic Relationship Agreement

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