UCCS Cybersecurity Initiative

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

Mission:         Build a nationally acclaimed cybersecurity program

Vision:            Eliminate vulnerability to cyber-attack

Direction:       30 May 18, SB18-086

                        1 Nov 18, Strategic Plan

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

Program Activities (updated 6 Apr 19)

  1. Program Authorizations

    Goal: Spend 100% of FY19 before 30 Jun 19. Status: Chancellor approved final CSI program authorizations 15 Feb 19. 99% of CSI funds programmed for three years, FY19-FY21. $32,088 remaining balance. 62% of FY19 CSI funds have been allocated. 33% of FY19 CSI funds have been encumbered or spent.

  2. Cybersecurity Scholarshps

    SB18-086 requires 15% of each annual distribution to be awarded as scholarships.  Goal: Award $270,000 in FY19 CSI scholarships. Status: Financial Aid awarded 100% of FY19 dedicated CSI scholarship funds. A total of 91 scholarships were awarded. EAS is managing FY20 scholarships.

  3. Mountain West Cybersecurity Consortium

    Goal: Establish cybersecurity research collaborative among regional academic institutions. Status: Spring Conference scheduled 25 & 26 April at CU Denver South Campus. UCCS organizing event together with Natalie Ellis from CU Office of Government Relations. Conference rooms contracted 19 Feb 19. Catering contracted 22 Mar 19. RSVP issued and website updated with conference details: www.mtnwestca.org. Conference limited to 50 participants.

  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, PPCC.

  5. Partner - National Cybersecurity Center

    Goal: Conduct joint research, training, & support. Status: First joint projects in development. Block II authorizations included 1) GPS Public Seminars, and 2) K-12 Cybersecurity for Teachers Seminars. Project directors, Steve Lewis, Karen Bisset, and Candida Bennett are working together with NCC to jointly host seminars. NCC was separately authorized $20,000 to deliver public seminar on Distributed Ledger Technology (i.e., “blockchain”).

  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. Compiled consolidated list of requirements and issued compromise plan for review and comment, 5 Mar 19. Plan critique prompted rewrite eliminating compromise plan. Revised plan containing unaltered list of consolidated requirements submitted 29 Mar 19 for review and approval.

    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). CS Dept. expects to complete interviews for associate professor 8 Apr 19.

  10. CISCO Strategic Relationship Agreement

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