TALLAHASSEE — University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity Director Dr. Eman el-Sheikh was one of eight people appointed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Cybersecurity Task Force.
DeSantis named Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez as the task force’s chair.
Other members include Ben Miron, Linda Reid, Jason Raymond, Bernard Kelly, Michael Delgado and Jeffrey Sturman.
Florida law requires the Florida Cybersecurity Task Force to review and assess the state’s cybersecurity infrastructure, governance and operations. The task force will analyze and identify potential improvements of state government cybersecurity programs, including individual state agencies. The task force will also prioritize the risks posed by identified threats.
El-Sheikh, who lives in Gulf Breeze, leads UWF’s efforts as the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence Regional Resource Center for the Southeast United States and received several grants to enhance cybersecurity education and training for K-12, college and non-traditional students.
El-Sheikh, who took over the UWF Center for Cybersecurity in July 2015, earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from American University in Cairo and her master’s degree and doctorate degree in computer science from Michigan State University.