Watch the Interview: What Is the Cloud and How Does It Work?

On May 17, University of Maryland University College introduced “Thursday Thoughts,” a new series of Facebook Live interviews showcasing the expertise of the university’s scholar-practitioner faculty members and discussions on a wide range of timely and newsworthy topics.

The series premiere featured Jeff Tjiputra, UMUC’s chair of Cloud Computing Architecture, who shared his “Thursday Thoughts” on the advantages and disadvantages of businesses increasingly migrating their data to the cloud, and the importance of understanding cloud computing and the services associated with it. Watch the interview, The Cloud: What is it and how does it work?” here.Continue Reading

Navy Veteran Writes the Book on Information Security

A Navy Career and a Love of Computers Sparks Gary Hayslip’s Passion for Cybersecurity

For retired U.S. Navy officer Gary Hayslip, cybersecurity isn’t just his job―it’s his passion. Cultivated through his 21 years of service, and later in civil service, Hayslip’s love of information security has fueled his private-sector career as chief information security officer (CISO) at a leading cybersecurity company and co-author of a popular how-to guide for CISOs.Continue Reading

Cyber Grad Helps Develop Tactical Network—and Young Minds

What CW3 Vernon Green learned in the classroom, he put to use in his military service. What he learned in the military, he’s putting to use in his community.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles to be featured on the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Global Media Center throughout May in recognition of Military Appreciation Month, As part of the university’s observance, Vernon Green also participated in UMUC’s Facebook Live interview series on helping servicemembers and veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life. Watch Green’s interview here.Continue Reading

5 Misconceptions About Cybercrime

New Book by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Adjunct Professor Richard A. White Takes Readers on a  Wild Ride-along into the Psyche and Motivations of the Cybercriminal

Last year, the global cost of cybercrime exceeded $600 billion, according to recent research by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS.) Their report, “Economic Impact of Cybercrime — No Slowing Down,” attributes the upswing to a variety of trends including cybercrime as a service, the rise of ransomware, the proliferation of new crypto-malware strains and the escalation of state-sponsored theft.Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College’s Cybersecurity Program Named Top Cybersecurity Higher Education Program in U.S.

ADELPHI, Md. (April 18, 2018) – The Cybersecurity Program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) was recognized by the 2018 SC Awards as Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program across the nation. Awards were announced at the SC Awards 2018 gala on April 17, 2018 in San Francisco.Continue Reading

UMUC Cyber Competition Team Reaches 2018 National Cyber Analyst Challenge Finals

ADELPHI, Md., Feb. 26, 2018 – A team of graduate and undergraduate students from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has advanced to the final round of the 2018 National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC). The competition was created in 2015 by Lockheed Martin and Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), which also administers the competition annually, to help fill the ever-growing need for cyber analysts. It is sponsored by Leidos, NBCUniversal, Vanguard and Pfizer.Continue Reading

For International Women’s Day: Helping Girls Fuel Futures in Tech

This year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day is “Press for Progress,” and there is no better time to share a bit of positive news about the gender wage gap—as it applies to women in the science, technology, engineering and math workforce.  The gap is smaller for women working at STEM jobs than for those in non-STEM jobs, according to the latest “Women in STEM: 2017 Update” published Nov. 13 by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics & Statistics Administration.Continue Reading

Not-So-Hidden Figures Series Concludes Feb. 26

The University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Department continues its celebration of Black History Month with a final Facebook Live interview segment on African American women in cybersecurity. On Monday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m., join Tamie Santiago, collegiate associate professor of cybersecurity policy as she discusses her career journey in cybersecurity and offers insights and tips for success along the way.Continue Reading

Larger State Commitment Needed to Protect Cyber Data, UMUC Adjunct Tells Maryland Cybersecurity Council

The investment the State of Maryland makes in its cybersecurity defense is “paltry” considering the value of the information assets it should be defending from cyberattack, a former NSA official and UMUC graduate adjunct professor in cybersecurity told the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Jan. 25.

“Now the state spends about $3.8 million on its cybersecurity function,” said Debora Plunkett, whose 32-year career with the NSA included serving as director of information assurance. “My personal view is that [that amount] is paltry, considering the state budget and considering what the state has to lose if those assets are put at risk.”Continue Reading