Cyber Security

The UA-ARC is affiliated with the University of Arizona in providing the gateway to the University’s resource enterprise in the area of cyber. Cyber security touches all areas of research within the University. The UArizona conducts basic and applied research from design development and prototyping in cyber security to securing databases, networks, telecommunications, mobile telecom and information infrastructure.

Our Cyber Competencies

Big Data and data analytics

Aligning institutional expertise and computational resources to solve cutting edge data-driven research endeavors for our DoD and Industry partners.

cloud computing

The UArizona Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center concentrates on research in advanced distributed computing as part of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program.

Virtual Learning Environment

Leveraging the use of a cloud based learning environment, the UArizona provides world-class cybersecurity training to students all over the world.

Social engineering

Don’t get hooked! Research is conducted on the human element of security. Malicious attackers exploit the vulnerabilities in human behavior to gain access or retrieve information.

Cyber Security Facts

The cyber security research being conducted will help organizations like the Department of Defense create stronger, more reliable programs to combat cyber criminals. Cyber attacks can occur in the medical industry, agriculture, military, and more. During the next five years, cybercrime might become the greatest threat to every person, place and thing in the world. With evolving technology comes evolving hackers, and we are behind in security.



Was the average time to identify a data breach in 2023 – IBM



Cyber security positions worldwide in 2023 -ISC2



By 2030 there will be roughly 500 billion connected devices – CISCO



(USD) in annual cybercrime damages by 2025 – Microsoft

Cyber Security Laboratories and Research Centers

UA-ARC has access to dozens of laboratories and facilities in the realm of cyber security. The facilities focus on a range of cyber-related research topics such as bioimaging, cloud services, GIS mapping, and national security.

Awards in Cyber Security

NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE‑CO)

NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE‑R)

NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE‑CD)

DIA Intelligence Center of Academic Excellence

Cyber Security News

UArizona President Dr. Robbins Discusses Cyber Program with Jason Denno

We do not always realize how much cyber security and cyber intelligence affect our daily lives, but Jason Denno’s students do, and they are ready to be world leaders upon graduation. 

Virtual city prepares students for future of cybersecurity

By Logan Burtch-Buus 

The University of Arizona’s CyberApolis platform, designed by the College of Applied Science and Technology, is a virtual learning environment home to over 15,000 virtual personas operated by sophisticated artificial intelligence. The virtual learning environment is central to the College of Applied Science and Technology’s cyber operations curriculum, and will be showcased at a booth during the National TechNet Augusta conference in Georgia this week.

Elite Designation for Cyber Ops Program From NSA

A program at the University of Arizona that began only 18 months ago has been recognized as one of the best in the country for 2018-2019.

The UA’s program in cyber operations, based at its Sierra Vista campus and taught both traditionally and online, has received official designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, or CAE-CO, by the National Security Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. After an extensive application process, the NSA made a site visit in April. It will make a formal announcement of the UA’s designation on June 6.


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