Baltimore is now a cybersecurity hub attracting global talent, says bwtech@UMBC’s Hemmerly

With the flurry of recent internet hacks, how safe is the information that we post online? Who will develop the innovations needed to secure our data in cyberspace? In a new Baltimore Sun op-ed, bwtech@UMBC Executive Director Ellen Hemmerly writes … Continue reading Baltimore is now a cybersecurity hub attracting global talent, says bwtech@UMBC’s Hemmerly

Anupam Joshi, Cybersecurity, Analyzes Wearable Tech Data Safety in Nature

Wearable electronics, which includes devices like fitness trackers and smart watches, is a rapidly growing industry that promises to connect the real and digital lives of consumers. As the technology evolves, researchers have been challenged to improve the safety and quality of data transfer to and from wearable electronics. Anupam Joshi, cybersecurity, spoke to Nature about the security concerns raised by this emerging technology. “With wearables… we truly are entering into a new era, and we have to start thinking of these issues,” Joshi declared. He shared how UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity is working on privacy issues related to wearable … Continue reading Anupam Joshi, Cybersecurity, Analyzes Wearable Tech Data Safety in Nature

Anupam Joshi and Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, Comment on Ashley Madison Data Leak

As Ashley Madison experienced a widespread data breach this week, Anupam Joshi and Richard Forno, cybersecurity, spoke to the media about Internet security and how the leak will affect high profile users in Washington, D.C. In an interview with ABC2, Joshi cautioned that data breaches are increasingly becoming part of daily life. “Information is valuable,” he said. “People are after information. No security is perfect and once you marry these things, there is an incentive for someone to spend the right time and effort to steal some information.” He also spoke about users falling into a false sense of security. … Continue reading Anupam Joshi and Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, Comment on Ashley Madison Data Leak

Richard Forno, Cybersecurity, in American City and County

Richard Forno, assistant director for UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity, was recently in American City and County to discuss government recruitment of cybersecurity practitioners. American City and County is a magazine that features stories of interest to state and local government officials. In the article, Forno recommends that governments look for cybersecurity professionals with a combination of technical and soft skills. “You need people that have the right mix of technical talent and the ability to apply that talent effectively in the workplace,” he said. Click here to read “Hunting cybersecurity talent” in American City and County. Continue reading Richard Forno, Cybersecurity, in American City and County

Yelena Yesha, CSEE, Discusses Northrop Grumman Partnership in The Washington Post

The Washington Post reported on a new partnership between Northrop Grumman and UMBC that explores using cybersecurity tools to analyze health data. Yelena Yesha, computer science and electrical engineering, is leading the project and commented on the partnership, saying that they plan to evaluate millions of patient records. Tools originally developed to examine cyberthreats and security risks will be used to go through the data. This will allow the researchers to examine a large amount of data to see trends in conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Click here to read “Northrop Grumman, UMBC team to study health … Continue reading Yelena Yesha, CSEE, Discusses Northrop Grumman Partnership in The Washington Post

Victoria Lentz ’15, Cybersecurity, Wins HP Scholarship

Earlier this year HP and the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) selected Victoria Lentz ’15, cybersecurity, and 10 other female cybersecurity students from across the U.S. to receive scholarships. Lentz was in the first “cohort” of students to be accepted into UMBC’s Cyber Scholars Program, which began in Fall 2013. The program prides itself on influencing minorities and women to become involved in the cyber security and computing industries. With particular interests in malware and digital forensics, Lentz plans to work in the cybersecurity industry after finishing her undergraduate education to gain experience before returning to school for … Continue reading Victoria Lentz ’15, Cybersecurity, Wins HP Scholarship

UMBC and Japan’s Kyushu University Establish Partnership

On June 24, UMBC signed a memorandum of understanding with Kyushu University to promote academic and research cooperation between the two universities.The partnership will allow faculty and student exchanges and joint research projects, focusing on cybersecurity initially. Provost Phillip Rous commented on the partnership, saying, “The academic agreement signed between UMBC and KU articulates our universities’ shared vision and intention to collaborate broadly in both research and education.” Click here to read a full description of the agreement and here to read an article about the partnership in the Baltimore Business Journal. Continue reading UMBC and Japan’s Kyushu University Establish Partnership

Dr. Rick Forno discusses data breaches on WEAA

CSEE’s Dr. Rick Forno, Cybersecurity GPD and Assistant Director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity, was a guest on WEAA’s ‘The Marc Steiner Show’ where he joined Dr. Lisa Yeo of Loyola University in discussing cybersecurity issues and best practices in light of recent high-profile data breaches such as those at the University of Maryland, Target, and Indiana University. Listen to the segment here. Continue reading Dr. Rick Forno discusses data breaches on WEAA

Pres. Hrabowski Emphasizes Importance of Research Investment, Economic Development, Tech Transfer

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch held a press conference today to announce a package of bills relating to economic development initiatives. The proposed legislation would leverage public and private sector resources for higher education research endowments; create a seed fund to invest in cybersecurity and privacy companies; and strengthen ties between key state, federal and higher education institutions and neighboring communities by creating Reduced Tax Zones (called RISE zones). President Hrabowski spoke at the press conference (photo at right), emphasizing the importance of investment in endowed professorships and the RISE economic development zones to increase … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Emphasizes Importance of Research Investment, Economic Development, Tech Transfer

Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, on The World

Earlier this week, a security research company released a report providing technical documentation and near-certain proof that China is engaging in cyber-espionage activities against the US.  While that’s not exactly a new discovery, it provided a much deeper degree of public information used in presenting its findings. On Public Radio International’s program, The World UMBC’s Rick Forno discussed the report’s implications. Forno says he was on the program to discuss American cybersecurity readiness in light of the heightened media interest in cybersecurity following the report’s release. The fact that the networks and our critical infrastructure systems are still vulnerable after … Continue reading Rick Forno, Cybersecurity, on The World

UMBC Mentioned in Connection with UMCP-Northrop Grumman Partnership

The Washington Post published an article by Steven Overly on June 11 detailing the recent partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the aerospace and defense technology corporation Northrop Grumman. The article noted the recent trend of corporations engaging more directly with universities via donations and partnerships, and cited specifically UMBC’s own collaboration with Northrop Grumman and other firms in the development of both a master’s program and an incubator program in cybersecurity. Read Overly’s original article for Washington Post here. Continue reading UMBC Mentioned in Connection with UMCP-Northrop Grumman Partnership