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

See the Interview: Sleep, Eat, Move and Other Stress-Beating Strategies

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) psychology faculty expert David Banks, Ph.D., has a lot to say about the most effective strategies for managing stress. He shared his wisdom in a recent Facebook Live interview as part of the university’s observance of National Stress Awareness Month.

For starters, Banks offers these three simple keys to minimizing stress in your life.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Ensuring 7 to 9 hours per night, every night is a critical ingredient in any stress prevention plan.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Consuming well-balanced meals is important to help prevent stress.
  3. Engage in fun exercise. Doing something on a regular basis that involves moving can work well to reduce stress in your life.

View Banks’ interview for more stress-busting tips and a deeper dive into the psychology of stress.

 

ABOUT DAVID BANKS

David Banks, PhD, MPH, MSSW, RN, has taught Psychology of Stress, Social Psychology, Human Sexuality and other psychology courses at UMUC since 1993.  A research scientist, he has published collaborative scientific articles on blood donation, domestic violence, elder care, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse in scientific journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Black Psychology, and Transfusion.

Dr. Banks has served as an associate vice president of research and certified association executive in senior management positions among the national offices of the American National Red Cross, Volunteers of America, American Legacy Foundation, and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.  Currently, his community service activities include serving as a sexual assault and domestic violence hotline counselor, and as a member of the board at A Way Forward, Vegetarian Society of DC, and Seneca Forest Homeowner’s Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, master’s degrees in both social work and public health, and a doctorate in human development.

 

ABOUT STRESS AWARENESS MONTH

Stress Awareness Month, held each April since 1992, provides health care professionals and health promotion experts, across the U.S. an additional—and national—platform for enhancing their ongoing efforts to educate and increase public understanding about the nature and dangers of stress as well as effective strategies to help minimize and manage it.

 

 

 

 

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

Highlighting Women Who Changed the World Before They Had the Vote

To celebrate Women’s History Month 2018, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has dedicated segments on its Facebook page to recognize the accomplishments of influential women and the contributions they have made to events in history and contemporary society.  To-date, UMUC has featured briefs on social activist, writer, and editor Gloria Steinham; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; technology executive Sheryl Sandberg, current Facebook COO; and lawyer, writer and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

The commemoration continues March 22 and 29 with two Facebook Live interviews featuring UMUC adjunct faculty members and women’s history experts Mary Ellen Schmider and Kathleen Sander as they discuss the women’s movement from a historical perspective and provide insights about the remarkable women they have featured in their writings.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

Series Concludes Feb. 22: UMUC’s Not-So-Hidden Figures of Cybersecurity

The University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Department’s interview series on African American women in cybersecurity, in celebration of Black History Month, continues in a live Facebook chat with Loyce Pailen, director of the UMUC Center for Security Studies.  Join her on Thursday, Feb. 22 as she discusses her career journey in Cybersecurity and offers insights and tips for success along the way. Continue Reading

Stay Tuned for Part Two of UMUC’s Not-So-Hidden Figures of Cybersecurity

The University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Department’s interview series on African American women in cybersecurity, in celebration of Black History Month, continues in a live Facebook chat with Tamie Santiago, UMUC collegiate associate professor of cybersecurity policy.  Join her on Thursday, Feb. 15 as she discusses her career journey in Cybersecurity and offers insights and tips for success along the way. Continue Reading

UMUC’s Not-So-Hidden Figures of Cybersecurity

Join the University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Department on Facebook for a series of live interviews throughout February, beginning Feb. 8, in celebration of Black History Month.

UMUC cybersecurity faculty experts Emma Garrison-Alexander, Loyce Pailen, and Tamie Santiago will discuss their career journeys in Cybersecurity and offer insights and tips for success along the way. Please join us on our Facebook page for video interviews with UMUC Cybersecurity faculty experts.Continue Reading