The UMUC Center for Security Studies provides educational resources, networking, and career training opportunities for working adults pursuing security studies, and works with industry and government to meet the cybersecurity and homeland security needs of our nation. Members of CSS include distinguished faculty members, chairs, program directors, academic directors, and other experts. They participate in national-level efforts to educate leaders and make significant progress in information assurance and homeland security fields by

  • Conducting applied research
  • Providing advisory and consulting services
  • Assembling and delivering specialized courses
  • Developing innovative teaching tools such as remote access laboratories, network testbeds, interactive learning objects and simulations
  • Hosting conferences, colloquia, workshops and webcasts on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and homeland security topics
  • Partnering with industry and government to develop new programs and deliveries in the areas of information assurance and homeland security
  •  Establishing and administering scholarships and fellowships supported by individuals and public- and private-sector organizations

Center of Excellence

UMUC is certified by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education. To attain certification, organizations must meet stringent criteria in areas such as curriculum, faculty qualification, research efforts, laboratory and library resources, outreach, and partnerships.

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Core Faculty and Staff

Loyce Best Pailen, DM, CISSP
Professor and Director
Areas of Expertise: Cyber Security Technology, Digital Forensics, Cyber Security Management and Policy

Balakrishnan Dasarathy, PhD
Professor
Areas of Expertise: Cyber Operations, Information Assurance

Bruce DeGrazia, PhD
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Policy

Emma Garrison-Alexander, DM
Professor and Vice Dean
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Technologies

Irmak Renda-Tanali, DSc
Professor
Area of Expertise: Homeland Security

James Robertson, EdD
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Technologies

Jeff Tjiputra, DSc
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Technologies

Mansur Hasib, PhD
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Governance and Culture, Healthcare Privacy and Security, Organizational Strategy

Michelle Hansen
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Policy, Digital Forensics

Tamie Santiago
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Policy

Valorie King, PhD
Professor
Area of Expertise: Cyber Security Policy

Mamadou Thiam
Professor
Lab Director

Jennifer Hull
Administrative Coordinato

 

Board Members

CSS board members meet regularly and provide guidance on the critical work of the UMUC Center for Security Studies.