Leadership Skills Are Key to A Successful Cybersecurity Career

Cybersecurity is not your father’s STEM field and liberal arts majors with more than a passing interest in the industry may benefit from taking a closer look at the career possibilities it offers. For his part, Professor Mansur Hasib, program chair of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduate Cybersecurity Technology program, knows that the cybersecurity field itself would benefit from the infusion of interdisciplinary skills that liberal arts majors would bring to it.Continue Reading

Bus Trip Showcases Vibrant ‘Steel City’ Arts Scene

“Andy was more interested in becoming a celebrity than the next Picasso,” explained Quaishawn Whitlock, an artist, and guide at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. He was leading half of the roughly 45 participants in the mid-June UMUC annual Arts Program trip and he explained that Pittsburgh-native Warhol (Andrew Warhola) grew up in an immigrant family, which had come from present-day Slovakia. The family was working class, but Warhol would go on to epitomize the American dream, Whitlock explained.Continue Reading

IoT Is Changing the Way We Live—Should We Be Worried?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the rise, and so are the threats associated with the interconnectedness of our devices. Eighty-four percent of organizations that have adopted IoT report experiencing at least one IoT-related security breach—and 93 percent of executives expect IoT security breaches to occur in the future—according to a February 2017 Aruba Networks study.  Malware, spyware, and human error are the most common problems the study also reported.Continue Reading

Alliance Helps Software Engineering Students Land Jobs

Getting that first job in the field of software engineering is difficult. Employers want to see tangible results of projects the applicant has performed, preferably working with a program that must produce real-world results.

That’s why Michael Scott Brown, program chair for UMUC’s Software Engineering specialization, is pleased with the alliance he and adjunct professor Mir Mohammed Assadullah have built with Cytoscape, a leading biological modeling tool used in research.Continue Reading