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Richard Forno

Richard Forno

Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity
Director, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

Dr. Richard Forno is a Senior Lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program and serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity. His twenty-year career spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping to build the first formal cybersecurity program for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (operator of the InterNIC), and co-founding the CyberMaryland conference. Dr. Forno was also one of the early thought leaders on the subject of “information warfare” and he remains a longtime commentator on the influence of Internet technology upon society.

In addition to teaching cybersecurity at UMBC, Dr. Forno has lectured on information security, information warfare, and infrastructure protection at the American University and the National Defense University in Washington D.C.  He is an affiliate of the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) and from 2005-12 was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, serving as an instructor for the CERT Coordination Center.

His interdisciplinary research and professional interests include information age conflict, cybersecurity operations, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology — specifically, issues related to resiliency and autonomy in networked societies. In addition to many articles and commentaries over the years, he is the co-author of O’Reilly’s Incident Response (2001). Forno holds a Ph.D. in Internet Studies from Curtin University of Technology in Australia.

Research Projects
  • (2013-): hackUMBC. This is UMBC’s student hackathon club and annual 24-hour regional hackathon event.
  • (2012-): Federal Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). This is an NSF grant of $2.5 million over five years to fund 22 students studying Information Assurance (IA) and Cybersecurity, also known as the Federal CyberCorps.
  • (2011-2015): Maryland Cyber Challenge(MDC3)
    The Maryland Cyber Challenge (MDC3) is a unique and exciting initiative developed and designed especially to encourage young Marylanders to enroll in IT and computer science courses and pursue careers in Maryland’s cybersecurity workforce. The Challenge runs in three competitive divisions: high school, collegiate, and professional, with student winners receiving significant cash prizes provided by NSA.

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