Cybersecurity at UCCS
Focus on a Secure Future
UCCS is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity education. Hundreds of students are graduating every year with cross-disciplinary cybersecurity degrees.
About Cybersecurity at UCCS
UCCS has forged strategic partnerships across the CU system, government, academic institutions, non-profits, and with key industry partners to provide over 20 degrees and programs. Students can experience this cross-disciplinary education in 5 colleges across UCCS' campus:
- College of Engineering and Applied Science
- College of Business
- College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
- School of Public Affairs
- College of Education
UCCS is a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Defense, as designated by the National Security Administration, lending credence to the strength and depth of UCCS cybersecurity degrees and programs.
The UCCS Engineering Leadership Council is comprised of leaders in the field who advocate and support college engagement through senior design projects, research, industry-to-career experiences, mentoring, internships, and employment.
UCCS students from the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS) have been exploring the intersection of cybersecurity and degrees in the college, such as philosophy, mathematics, and sociology. The result? Opportunities to apply an interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity are endless!
Grow the Cybersecurity Workforce
UCCS has received over $19M in grant funding as of 2022 to support a burgeoning cybersecurity ecosystem, including research, education, student and community programs, student scholarships, and community engagement.
Recent Program News
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a federal initiative to increase attention to, understanding of, and action regarding personal security. UCCS is all in on reinforcing the collective need to “See Yourself in Cyber,” the 2022 theme of NCSAM. Learn about cybersecurity, what it is, and how best to protect yourself online. Show more...
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation — and a critical line of national defense. To help prepare students for future careers, a new partnership between UCCS and CU Denver will create the CU Cyber Range: a simulated environment where students can experience realistic cyber-attacks. Read More...
On May 5, UCCS celebrated a ribbon-cutting of the O’Neil Center that will expand and improve cybersecurity education resources for not only students and faculty, but the community and cybersecurity organizations across the nation, adding over 20,000 square feet to the burgeoning facility. Read More...
In 2020, the UCCS Cybersecurity Programs Office (CPO) was established to identify and drive cybersecurity initiatives in collaboration with others across the UCCS campus, including in areas such as cybersecurity research, community outreach, and education in K-12, workforce development, and industry and non-profit partnerships. Read More...
Upcoming Events and Career Development Opportunities
NSA Codebreaker Challenge
Date: Monday, August 8th
Time: 10am MT
The NSA sponsors an annual Codebreaker Challenge to test the country’s best and brightest college students with security challenges. Resources are provided for preparation and the challenge.