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 in operational cybersecurity 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 (then, the global center of the internet DNS system), advising Fortune 500 companies on critical infrastructure protection, and co-founding the CyberMaryland conference. Dr. Forno has a strong interest in the influence of technology upon national security, individuals, and global society.

In addition to teaching cybersecurity at UMBC, Dr. Forno has lectured on information security, cyber 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, unconventional interdisciplinary and multilevel contexts related to cybersecurity, resilience, and national security for networked individuals, organizations, and societies. In addition to many articles and commentaries over the years (current selection of professional pieces), 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.

Selected Research Projects & Activities
  • 2018-2023: Co-PI: “UMBC CyberCorps Program Renewal and Building Research-Based SFS Relationships between Community Colleges and Four-Year Schools” (Alan Sherman, PI). $4,988,073 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • (2016-): UMBC Veterans Faculty Fellow. Along with PI Dr. Meredith Oyen (History) and Dr. Dan Burnhart (OCSS), developing ‘Green Zone Training’ for faculty and staff to better understand veterans issues. Supported by a seed grant from the Hrabowski Fund.
  • (2013-): hackUMBC. Faculty advisor to UMBC’s student hackathon club and annual 24-hour regional hackathon event.
  • (2012-): CyberDawgs. Along with Dr. Charles Nicholas, we advise UMBC’s student cyber-competition team. National CCDC Champions in 2017!
  • (2012-): Federal Scholarship for Service Program (SFS). Along with PI Dr. Alan Sherman, this was an initial NSF grant of $2.5 million over five years to fund students studying Information Assurance (IA) and Cybersecurity, also known as the Federal CyberCorps. It has since received multiple suppliments for various related activities.
  • (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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