UMUC Provost Cini to Transition to Research and Teaching Role

University of Maryland University College President Javier Miyares announced on Feb. 9 that Marie Cini, Ph.D., has decided to step down as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Cini will continue at UMUC as senior research fellow in the university’s Center for Innovation In Learning and Student Success and as a member of the collegiate faculty in The Graduate School.Continue Reading

UMUC Alumnus and HR Innovator Makes SHRM’s ‘30 Under 30’ List

At 24, Joey Price ’11 created Jumpstart:HR, LLC, a consulting and outsourcing firm that helps small-business owners and startup founders build better, more stable businesses. Five years later, Price’s innovation and ambition have landed him a spot on the inaugural Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ’30 Under 30′ list.Continue Reading

MOOC Bolsters Launch of New Global Health Certificate

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) recently dipped its toes into the world of free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with two goals: to carry its online-course expertise farther beyond the borders of Maryland than ever before and to test interest in a new graduate certificate program in global health.

On both fronts, the “Global Health: The Lessons of Ebola” MOOC earned a thumbs up. And for instructors involved in designing and teaching the course, the value-added was tremendous.Continue Reading

McCaul to Reporters: The U.S. Is Losing the Cyber War

The United States is losing the war in the cyber world, the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security told journalists gathered for a one-day UMUC-sponsored cybersecurity seminar for reporters on Jan. 11.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “If anything comes out of the [Russian] election system attack, it will be to make people aware of this issue and how we should make this a priority.”Continue Reading

Easing the Pain of Password Management

The article “Estimating Password-Cracking Times” by the business software solutions company Better Buys asserts that a seasoned hacker could break the woefully inadequate yet commonly-used password “123456” in less than 0.29 milliseconds.

Now, it may be difficult to imagine anyone in today’s virtual world relying on “123456” to secure their data and personal information. But, In fact, for the better part of the new millennium, according to UMUC Cyber Connections Blog contributor Garrett Boyd, “123456” has remained—along with password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345—among the top five on the list of the 25 most commonly used and hackable passwords.Continue Reading

U.S. Office of Personnel Management and University of Maryland University College Expand Federal Employee Discounted Rates to Include Graduate Cybersecurity, Business Administration and Data Analytics Programs

ADELPHI, Md. (Jan. 12, 2017) –The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) have expanded upon their 2014 agreement which provides a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition rates on courses, certificates, and degree programs to all current Federal employees, spouses, and their legal dependents.

Under the expanded terms, Federal employees new to UMUC can now save five percent on graduate Cybersecurity, Business Administration and Data Analytics programs, which previously were not discounted.

In addition to the discounted rate, the alliance between OPM and UMUC also allows Federal subject matter experts to work with UMUC curriculum developers to infuse a public sector perspective into courses designed to prepare students for possible future Federal employment.Continue Reading

Public Policy Forum Hosted by UMUC Focuses on Personal Data and State Infrastructure

Editor’s note: On Dec. 6, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) hosted the Maryland Cybersecurity Council’s public policy forum on cybersecurity, which featured questions and answers from public- and private-sector experts on personal data collection and privacy protection, as well as infrastructure protection and incidence response. This article is taken from a UMUC Cyber Connections Blog post authored by Alex Kasten; it details highlights from the forum’s sessions.Continue Reading

UMUC Gives Roadtrip Nation Trekkers a Big Send Off

Three young adults boarded a bright green RV at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Academic Center at Largo parking lot Dec. 2 to begin a coast-to-coast trip in search of answers to their many questions about the sometimes mystical world of cybersecurity.

Along the way, they will cover 3,600 miles in 26 days and stop in eight cities to talk with more than a dozen cyber industry leaders to ask their questions.  And when the trip concludes in San Francisco, what they discovered will be incorporated in a PBS documentary that will air in 2017—coincidentally the year UMUC celebrates its 70th anniversary.Continue Reading