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SECURESET – Committed to Closing the Critical Gaps in Employment and to Building a Broader Tech Ecosystem Through Community Partnerships and Public Outreach

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Tampa Bay is home to a dynamic tech community. Employing more than 40,000 people, the region has become a robust and agile technology hub. Cybersecurity is one of the areas that has become increasingly vital to all industries

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From left to right: Kimberly Rishton-Nitzschke, Admissions Counselor, SecureSet Tampa; Jaso Scott, Lead Instructor, SecureSet Tampa; Adam Sheffield, Campus Director, SecureSet Tampa; Karla Mastracchio, Community Manager, SecureSet Tampa, Ken Compres, Instructor, SecureSet Tampa.

Changes in innovation and technology coupled with a lack of qualified candidates, however, has created a global shortfall to meet emerging threats.. Recognizing that there is a need for environment-ready  cybersecurity professionals in Tampa Bay and a community full of people who are excited about cybersecurity, SecureSet is committed to  closing the critical gaps  in employment and to  building a broader tech ecosystem through community partnerships and public outreach.

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As the nation’s first bootcamp-style, comprehensive cybersecurity education program , SecureSet is bringing to Tampa Bay an array of resources that innovates the next generation of cybersecurity technology and builds a pipeline for the security workforce of the future. The academy’s innovative approach provides immersive cybersecurity education for students who want to gain experience solving real-world security issues in a bootcamp style program. Through SecureSet’s courses and programs, students have the opportunity to learn in an intense, hands-on environment  with industry expert mentors and world-class instructors.   SecureSet graduates have the necessary skills to immediately begin in working cybersecurity environments.

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Located in Historic Ybor City, home to entrepreneurs and visionaries for over 100 years, SecureSet is more than a place students go to attend class.  This unique organization is fostering a broader tech culture by becoming an anchor for the entire community while also honoring the history of innovation that is integral to Ybor City. SecureSet’s impressive campus is housed in a historic building, formerly the Don Vincte Hotel. It has been completely renovated to serve the needs of its high-tech students while retaining the historic feel and architecture of the original hotel. This old-world meets new-world collaborative hub has become a regular meeting space and a place for the security community to call home.  In using their new campus to create a collaborative security culture, students and members of the tech community participate in weekly meet-ups, hackathons, and social events.

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1915 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba Tampa, FL 33605

Phone: 800-445-0024


The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), serves as a statewide resource.

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Established by the Florida Legislature in 2014 and located on the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), serves as a statewide resource. With a geographic footprint that spans Florida and encompasses all twelve institutions in the State University System (SUS), the Center serves as a centralized hub for creating connections, building partnerships, capitalizing on opportunities and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in industry, academia, government and defense.

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Key Objectives

• Position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education, research, and community engagement.

• Assist in the development of a highly-skilled cyber talent pipeline, enhance the existing cybersecurity workforce, support economic and workforce development, and attract new industry to the state.

• Act as a facilitator for industry, military and higher education communities to share cybersecurity knowledge, resources and training.

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Led by a nationally-recognized Board of Advisors chaired by Vice Adm.
(retired) Mike McConnell, former director of national intelligence, the Center has focused on the development of programs and initiatives to support a legislatively-mandated mission built around education, interdisciplinary research and community engagement.


• Awarded more than $1.5 million as part of a Seed Award Program to fund cybersecurity research projects – linking researchers from across Florida’s SUS to support cross-institutional collaboration and development of a cyber research ‘ecosystem’ in Florida.

• Supports efforts of SUS institutions to secure National Center of Excellence designations, including USF’s recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

• Organized and hosted a 2017 Research Symposium that brought together industry, academic researchers from across the SUS and students to share their work, learn about new cybersecurity research and connect with fellow researchers from across Florida.


• Facilitates a SUS Advisory Council on Cybersecurity to connect the twelve SUS institutions in Florida and create a forum for information-sharing and collaboration.

• Developed and launched a nationally-recognized pilot cybersecurity training and certification program for veterans. New Skills for a New Fight fast-tracked deserving veterans into the workforce – creating post-military career paths to help fill critical workforce shortages.

• Assisted USF with development of an interdisciplinary master’s in cybersecurity program that offers four different concentrations and boasts an enrollment of more than 450 students.

• Led efforts resulting in the award of a federal grant to develop and launch a new training program for Army reservists as part of the U.S. Army Reserve P3 initiative.

• Launched and supported cybersecurity programs for high school students

Community Engagement

• Maintains a robust community engagement program that serves a variety of audiences. FC2 participates in and supports numerous events to build awareness and encourage dialogue on key cyber topics. Recent activities include an event, co-hosted with The Christian Science Monitor Passcode, for a discussion on ransomware and sponsorship of B-Sides Orlando 2017, a security event that connects industry veterans with new and aspiring cyber experts.

• Hosts an annual fall conference, the Center’s signature event, at the Tampa Convention Center to bring together stakeholders from industry, government, academia, students, and the military to share information, network, explore ideas and learn about emerging trends and today’s hottest cyber topics.

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Sri Sridharan
Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity

As director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), Sri Sridharan provides strategic oversight of the Center and is responsible for spearheading initiatives focused on driving workforce development, attracting new industry, and positioning Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

A seasoned expert with more than forty years of experience, Sridharan brings a base of knowledge acquired from his work with companies ranging from small start-ups to international industry giants like IBM.

During his career, he has held top management positions focused on: technology-based continuous availability solutions for complex business challenges, solutions for service-quality intelligence on IT performance against business objectives, solutions for wireless mobility/business process integration, ASP

(Application Service Provider) solutions with eight international data centers, custom applications for global procurement and distribution management, and hosting in-house hospital information systems. 

At the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, Sridharan has applied his business acumen to create the infrastructure of a statewide center that was formed to serve as a resource for cybersecurity education, community engagement and innovative, interdisciplinary research within an academic environment.

In this capacity, he has developed critical industry and government relationships, and positioned the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to become a national player on the cybersecurity landscape.

Sridharan holds three masters’ degrees (computer science, mathematics, and applied mathematics) and he lives in Tampa, Florida. | Phone: 813-974-2604 | Email: