As part of a more than $2.5 million commitment from Brian and Kim Rist and the Rist Family Foundation, Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Business and Technology established the Rist Cyber Institute. Funds will be used to enhance the Cybersecurity program, including equipment, technology and additional instructional staff. Additionally, the Rist Cyber Institute will house two new computer labs, a hardware/software lab, a maker space for students to experience new technology and a high-tech cyber room. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cybersecurity industry is expected to grow 33% between 2020 and 2030, and Cyberseek.org reports there are currently approximately 21,000 open cybersecurity jobs in Florida, with the total current employed workforce at 47,800.
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