Pilot Program Expands Career Opportunities for Servicemembers and Veterans

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is taking steps to accelerate the process through which it grants prior-learning credit to servicemembers and veterans who wish to study cybersecurity. The effort is part of a pilot program that leverages three of UMUC’s strengths—an exceptional undergraduate cybersecurity program, a 70-year-long educational partnership with the military, and relationships with key cybersecurity employers—to expand career opportunities for military students.Continue Reading

Shining at Light City Baltimore

Two UMUC faculty members were featured in EDUlab@Lightcity, part of the Light City festival in Baltimore on April 5. Edulab, sponsored by the University System of Maryland, included panel discussions, short presentations and an innovative ideas-fair designed, in the words of festival organizers, to bring together thinkers and thought leaders, and generate an ecosystem of learning.Continue Reading

Expert Discusses Internet Threats at Maryland Cybersecurity Council Gathering

The greatest threat posed by Internet hackers is no longer the quick crash-and-grab of valuable documents, Dmitri Alperovitch told the Maryland Cyber Council on March 17.

The co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, the company that investigated the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election, said today’s cyber attackers are more likely to be agents of foreign governments who burrow their way undetected into sensitive websites for months.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

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