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

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

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

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

UMUC President Miyares Named “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

University of Maryland University College President Javier Miyares has been named “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC).

The MDHCC announced the award at its fifth annual Business Award Holiday Gala on Jan. 18 at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Medal of Honor Winner Talks About His Next Mission

The book signing started as just two vets swapping stories about their grueling days at Army Ranger school.

But before it was over, Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg, a UMUC graduate, and Keith Hauk, the university’s associate vice president of Veterans Initiatives for Stateside Military Operations, dug deeply into the psyche of the wounded veteran and the mission of healing.Continue Reading

Summit to Explore the Promise and Challenges of Replacing Textbooks with Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Dec. 8 Event Will Bring Together Higher Education Leaders in Maryland to Discuss Digital Rights, Curating Material, Access and Quality Issues

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 28, 2017)—As advocacy and evangelization of Open Educational Resources (OER) turn to adoption and scaling up, a pivotal summit will be held on Dec. 8 to provide educational leaders throughout the state of Maryland an opportunity to discuss lessons learned and how OER is addressing the issues of quality, access and affordability in higher education.Continue Reading