UMBC Students Take Their Journey to NSA

UMBC Students Take Their Journey to NSA

Dr. Rick Forno, whose career spans twenty-years in government, military, and private sector, including helping to build the first formal cybersecurity program for the U.S. House or Representatives, commented on the Day of Cyber, “What I appreciate about this tool is that it allows both technical and non-technical audiences to explore cyber-related careers, and shows that the field is more than just “geeks with keyboards.”

“Cyber provides a strong career opportunity for students from various background, including finance, law, political science, language and mathematics. The Day of Cyber enables students to experience the cyber opportunity online in an interactive experience to help them decide if Cyber is a journey they want to take.” Added Dr. Forno.

UMBC’s Graduate Cybersecurity Program is now in its 6th year and operates at UMBC Main Campus (Catonsville, MD) and at the Universities at Shady Grove (Rockville, MD) and offers tracks/concentrations in cybersecurity for undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and information technology disciplines, plus a professional masters’ degree for current (or emerging) cybersecurity practitioners.  Non-credit technical training on cybersecurity is offered through the Cyber Academy run by UMBC Training Centers in Columbia, MD.  Cybersecurity falls into 4 primary areas at UMBC:  Education, Research, Training, and Entepreneurship.

Developing and/or possessing excellent technical skills may qualify a person for a series of jobs that earn a paycheck, fill  critical roles in industry, and help meet the politically expedient goal of workforce development—however, a career in cybersecurity involves a far broader set of knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful.  UMBC takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach in educating current and future cybersecurity practitioners — both technical and non-technically inclined — in preparing them to be effective and long-term members of the cybersecurity profession.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Forno rforno@umbc.edu.