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