USF Partners with Cybersecurity Certification Leader to Bridge Workforce Gaps

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The University of South Florida - which is launching a new focus on cybersecurity education, research and outreach – is teaming up with the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional body to offer cybersecurity certifications through academic programs.

The collaboration with Clearwater-based (ISC)- pronounced “ISC-squared” - will provide thousands of students and professionals from across the State of Florida with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and industry certification they need to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce. (ISC)2 is the administrator of CISSP®, CSSLP®, and HCISPP®, considered the gold-standards of cybersecurity industry certifications.

The collaboration with USF Continuing Education and the Cybersecurity at USF initiative is an important part of its wide-reaching Global Academic Program (GAP).

This partnership will allow USF to offer CISSP prep courses and administer the CISSP exam, targeted to begin later in the spring. In addition, USF’s new cybersecurity master’s degree program, scheduled to launch in fall 2014, will include (ISC)2 coursework that will prepare students for the CISSP exam upon graduation.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing our world today. It’s what keeps bank accounts secure, health records private, transportation grids protected and identities from being stolen,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “We have a huge role to play in ensuring that today’s students have the skills to tackle the cyber challenges of tomorrow, so that we can all continue to live, work, bank, travel and communicate safely.”

“We’re very excited to announce this joint initiative,” said (ISC)2 Executive Director W. Hord Tipton, CISSP. “This collaboration with USF will broaden the impact of GAP to accelerate the growth and development of the cybersecurity workforce.”

(ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with over 93,000 members in more than 135 countries.

To learn more about the courses when they become available later this spring, visit