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The UMBC Center for Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary university center that unifies UMBC’s many cybersecurity capabilities. The Center aims to provide both Maryland and the nation with academic and research leadership, collaboration, innovation, and outreach in this critical discipline by streamlining our academic, research, workforce development, and technology incubation activities to advance UMBC’s position as a leading research university in cybersecurity-related disciplines.

UMBC embraces a holistic approach to cybersecurity as a key component of National Security, and views it as more than just defending computers and networks. The UMBC Center for Cybersecurity  draws upon UMBC’s expansive range of academic and research faculty expertise in not just the computing disciplines (computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information systems), but also in the natural, mathematical and social sciences to explore the many technical, social, policy, and business challenges facing the cybersecurity profession. It enhances and expands upon the mission of UMBC’s Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA), which, for over a decade, has been the central point of information and activity for research education, training, special activities, and sound internal practices in the area of information assurance on campus.  UMBC faculty have collaborations in research, and often funding, from a variety of government agencies and industries that deal with cybersecurity. Additionally, the Cync@bwtech technology incubator focuses on commercializing innovative security technologies from high-potential, early-stage companies in a unique academic-industry partnership to help address emerging cybersecurity concerns.

UMBC is one of the few universities in the nation designated both a Center of Excellence for Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Further, in 2012, UMBC joined the Federal Cyber Service and is authorized to offer scholarships under the Scholarship For Service (SFS) program.  We teach a variety of courses related to cybersecurity in our graduate and undergraduate programs, in our professional masters programs, and also non credit courses through our training centers. UMBC is the second-largest source of employees for NSA, and is number four in terms of undergraduates and number 31 in terms of PhDs in Information Technology.

It is an exciting time for cybersecurity in Maryland.  Besides the many prominent government and commercial organizations already located in Maryland, UMBC’s strategic location just 10 miles from Ft. Meade (headquarters of the U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency, and the Defense Information Systems Agency) makes UMBC an ideal organization to partner with in exploring, supporting, and sustaining the multidisciplinary requirements of this most critical discipline.

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