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August 23, 2021

FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Rachel L. Rojas is pleased to announce University of North Florida’s Information Technology Services (UNF-ITS) as the recipient of the 2020 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). On behalf of FBI Director Christopher Wray, SAC Rojas presented the award to the UNF-ITS staff during a ceremony held on the University of North Florida campus on August 23, 2021.

“In recent years, the FBI has seen a significant increase in cyber-attacks, resulting in an increasing need from local business owners and operators for information to protect their systems,” said SAC Rojas. “Partnering with UNF to host these conferences has allowed special agents from FBI Jacksonville to bring this guidance to the wider community. Simply said, the FBI could not fulfill the cyber information needs of this community without the help of the UNF-ITS team.”

“It is an honor for UNF’s information technology services to be recognized by the FBI for our ongoing efforts in protecting and keeping the University campus digitally safe and secure,” said Jeff Durfee, UNF’s Director of Networking, Systems and Security.

The DCLA was created to honor individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the prevention of crime and violence in the community. Since 2016, UNF’s Information Technology Services has partnered with the FBI Jacksonville Division to host the annual UNF-FBI Cyber Security Symposium.

The free events have provided business professionals, government officials, academics and law enforcement officers from across North Florida with information on emerging cyber threats and guidance for the prevention of cyber-attacks.



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