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Cyber Security

Malware entering the control systems of an airplane. A cyber attack that disrupts power service on the electrical grid. Data locked in the solid state memory of a criminal’s cell phone. Personal information stored by banks, corporations, and websites — all vulnerable to identity theft.

Cyber security researchers at universities across Alabama are developing solutions to complex technological security problems. With a modern manufacturing base in the state that includes the aviation, automotive, defense, finance, healthcare, intelligence, and power industries, partnership possibilities abound for work in critical infrastructure protection, cloud security, forensics, big data, mobile device security, informatics, virtualization, and robotics.

Alabama is home to the National Computer Forensics Institute, a state-of-the-art facility located in Hoover. This innovative facility is the nation’s premier law enforcement training facility in cyber and electronic crime forensics. The NCFI seeks to educate law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges in the continually evolving cyber crime threats, and equip them with the tools necessary for forensic examinations to combat those crimes.

The state is also home to the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, the nation’s only high school focused on the integration of cyber technology and engineering across all academic disciplines.

Quick Facts

  • 7,750 employed in cybersecurity-related occupations
  • 7 PhD-granting universities in Alabama
  • UAB’s Center for Cyber Security focuses on prevention, analysis and forenics
  • 2nd largest U.S. research park located in Huntsville
  • Community colleges offer IT programs, with many covering cyber security topics

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