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

Part 2: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

Join Clinical Psychologist Yvette Branson, coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, in a Facebook Live interview on the challenges facing veterans making the transition from military to civilian and student life—and the strategies and resources that can help them gain a strong foothold in the world beyond the military.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

Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

In keeping with its rich history of educating servicemembers and veterans that dates back to WWII—and its commitment to serving the needs of those who serve our country—University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is celebrating Military Appreciation Month in May with a special Facebook Live interview series full of the information and practical advice needed to help servicemembers and veterans successfully navigate the transition from military to civilian and student life.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Garrison-Alexander Wins 2018 Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award

ADELPHI, Md. (April 4, 2018) —Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, vice dean of cybersecurity and information assurance in the Graduate School at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader in information technology and cybersecurity, has won the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Incorporated (CAMI) People’s Choice Award.Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College Partners with NSA’s National Cryptologic School to Encourage More Cyber, Language Degree-seekers

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) have signed an agreement that will create an additional pathway for NSA employees, including active-duty military personnel, to increase their skills and gain academic credit toward degrees in cybersecurity and foreign languages from UMUC.

“It is our honor to partner with the National Security Agency and its National Cryptologic School in this important articulation agreement,” UMUC President Javier Miyares said during a signing ceremony held at the National Cryptologic Museum. The agreement “promises to help the Agency further develop its bench strength, while at the same time supporting employees who are seeking to advance professionally and military personnel who are transitioning to civilian careers.”Continue Reading

NSA Program Helps Build the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

It’s not the scarcity of skilled individuals to fill current and future cybersecurity workforce needs that keeps Loyce Pailen awake at night. For the director of the Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), it’s the issue of children growing up without understanding the nuances of cybersecurity—and the high paying cyber careers that are available to them—that tops her list of concerns.Continue Reading