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

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

UMUC Cyber Padawans Need Your Vote

As controversy continues to swirl around votes cast during the U.S. presidential election more than three weeks ago, the Kaspersky Lab Cyber Security case-study competition organized by the Economist magazine, now underway, is demonstrating the positive role that technology can play in democracy—including the development of a secure digital voting system. And that’s exactly what UMUC’s Cyber Padawans and teams from around the world, including local rivals George Mason University and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, are competing to design.Continue Reading

Industry Experts Shed Light on Top Skills to Thwart Cyber Threats

Real success in a cybersecurity career depends on a broad liberal arts background, knowledge of politics and international affairs, and strong written- and oral -communication skills—not just detailed technical know-how and days spent glued to a computer screen, cyber experts told current and prospective students at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) “Interconnected and Unprotected – The Cybersecurity Dilemma” conference, Nov.4.Continue Reading

UMUC Launches Guide to Cyber Experts and Blog to Address Today’s Threat Landscape

ADELPHI, Md., Nov. 10, 2016 – In an effort to address growing government and private sector interest in cybersecurity technology, policy, management and careers, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has launched its Guide to Cyber Experts and announces the re-launch of its Cyber Connections blog focusing on news, insights, opinion and advice related to all things “cyber.”Continue Reading