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New CU Cyber Range aims to make UCCS, CU Denver national leaders in cybersecurity education and workforce development

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 and associated hands-on classes that simulate an environment where students can experience realistic cyber attacks.

News Stories

UCCS Cybersecurity Building Sign

According to the SoCo Business Forum & Digest, UCCS has built a strong Cybersecurity Ecosystem in Southern Colorado while seeking funding from the state to continue to do so. "For the past five years, UCCS has been at the forefront of developing the cybersecurity ecosystem in the Pikes Peak region. The university has been the statewide leader in opening up a workforce pipeline, collaborating with other educational institutions and conducting research to advance knowledge in the field." Read the full article here.

Madison Schuster UCCS Alum Headshot Cyber

Madison Schuster graduated in 2022 from UCCS with a BS in Computer Science. Having secured an internship at Stephenson Stellar Corp. while still at UCCS, Madison turned this opportunity into a full-time position as an Assistant Systems Engineer upon graduation. Learn more about Madison's pathway to a career in cybersecurity research in AI, 5G and Space!

Cyber Ethics Case Competition 2023

Congratulations to the talented trio of UCCS cybersecurity students, with majors in cybersecurity from both the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Business, who placed 2nd for undergraduates in the 13th Annual Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (DFEI) Case Competition. Ebisa Dundas, Robert Drone and Haley Huschka showed their prowess among more than 50 students from across Colorado, who put their business and ethics skills to the test. Each team presents their skills in ethics and decision-making to a panel of 12 judges from organizations across a variety of industries.

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UCCS is a huge proponent of National Cybersecurity Month -- celebrated every year in October -- as it is a fabulous opportunity to reinforce key personal security habits. These include choosing strong and long passwords/passphrases, keeping software update to date, always enabling multi-factor authentication when available, and never falling prey to phishing emails. Many events are held across campus this month to reinforce these good cyber habits!

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Two new classes in Cybersecurity Operations are announced for Fall 2023. Most importantly, these classes will utilize a new cyber range -- a hands-on training tool for students that simulates real-world scenarios. These junior, senior and grad level classes will be available for UCCS and CU Denver students thanks to a $300,000 CU Next Grant awarded in 2022 to fund new innovative technology ideas.

Gretchen Bliss Cyber Director University Colorado Colorado Springs headshot

Gretchen Bliss, Director of Cybersecurity Programs at UCCS, was honored in June with the Gary Bostrom Community Inspiration Leadership Award from Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP). Her tireless efforts over the last decade or more in creating both opportunities and impact in cybersecurity education, workforce development, community partnerships and research in the Colorado, Colorado Springs and the nation have put UCCS on the map in cybersecurity.

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Leveraging its 3rd NSA grant award in 4 years & internal UCCS funding, the Cyber Programs Office at UCCS hosted almost 100 middle school students and 16 middle- and high school teachers at 4 camps over the summer of 2023. Students learned cybersecurity basics through fun, engaging and hands-on activities, while teachers were given all the tools to bring cybersecurity education into their classrooms.

Gretchen UCCS CAE Outreach Award

As the leader of the 10-state Northwest Hub for CAE (Centers of Academic Excellence) in Cybersecurity, as designated by the NSA, UCCS is responsible to bring cybersecurity to as many people as possible to drive education, awareness, workforce opportunities, and research in cyber. UCCS has more than fulfilled this duty, being awarded #3 in the country in May of 2023 for its CY2022 outreach efforts among more than 400 CAE schools in the US.

space cyber

In collaboration with CCTI, UCCS has won a 2-year grant to develop and improve cybersecurity in the space arena as part of RISE -- the Resilient Space Infrastructures, Systems, and Economy team. This smaller $180,000 grant opens the door for larger cybersecurity and space grants in future years totaling $160m.

student mentor at computer cyber competition

UCCS and our partners, National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), Pikes Peak State College (PPSC) and Spark Mindset discuss the burgeoning opportunities in cyber education, beginning with K-12 programs all the way through higher education. And all with the support of a strong ecosystem, including the US President's own Director of Cybersecurity.


Protect Yourself Online

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...

WiCyS Club Fair Lockpicking

Not only does running a club on the UCCS campus teach you leadership and organizational skills, but as part of the Mountain Lions Cyber Club and the UCCS Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS), students get firsthand knowledge of local employers and hands on experience in real world cybersecurity situations. 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...

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It won’t be phishing season anytime soon at UCCS. In response to a call for proposals using the coming year’s Cybersecurity Initiative funds, provided by the Colorado state legislature under Senate Bill 18-086, faculty and staff submitted 43 proposals to advance cybersecurity efforts across the university and wider community. 20 proposals will be funded in the coming year. Read More...

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Cybersecurity experts offer tips, warning in wake of cyber leaks

As recent cyberattacks, including one targeting a CU vendor, capture headlines across the nation, UCCS cybersecurity experts suggest commonplace tips and tricks can help safeguard organizations and individuals from data leaks and more. Read More...

Engineers working together

By 2020, 200 billion devices and objects — cars, phones, medical instruments, manufacturing machines, home appliances — could be talking to each other via the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things. That’s a lot of stuff for crafty criminals to hack, corrupt and infiltrate — and it’s multiplying all the time. In fact, the worldwide tally for cybercrime damages by 2021 is predicted to be $6 trillion. Read More...