Valencia Announces New Program in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Valencia’s new program, which is a specialization through Valencia’s Computer Engineering Technology Associate in Science degree, was developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The announcement was made by Gaby Hawat, Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Dean for Economic Development.

Dr. Hawat made the announcement during a forum on the topic attended by nearly 200 business and community leaders. The group heard from senior administrators with the U.S. Department f Homeland Security including Pete Fonash, Chief Technology Officer with the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications; Richard Smith, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with the Transportation Security Administration; and John Daly, Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration.

Also speaking were Lew Temares, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO for the University of Miami; Bob Rohrlack, President/CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce; and Richard Crotty, Orange County Mayor.

The event was part of Valencia’s Economic Development Forum Series. It is one of the many ways the college fulfills its commitment to align programs with workforce needs.

It was presented in partnership with the Florida High Tech Corridor, The University of Central Florida, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Orange County, Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce), Osceola County Economic Development Department, Transportation Security Agency, USF Polytechnic, and Workforce Central Florida, among others.

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