Mark J. Gerencser
Donald S. Orkand
DC Ventures and Associates, LLC
UMUC's Cybersecurity Programs
From the new Cyber Command to private industry, there is tremendous demand for cybersecurity experts. According to a 2009 CNN news report, the United States needs an estimated 20,000–30,000 more professionals with advanced offensive and defensive cyber skills.
In response to this urgent need, UMUC now offers a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy. Three new graduate certificates—Foundations of Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Policy, and Cybersecurity Technology—were also added this spring. Courses are designed to take students beyond theory and policies, so they can develop the leadership skills and technical competencies critical for coordinating and planning today’s complex security operations.
Established in 1947, UMUC is the largest accredited public university in the United States (90,000 students) and one of the 11 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland.
- Ninety percent of UMUC stateside students are
working professionals. Many
of them possess security clearances.
- More than 30,000 students live in the area and take
classes online and at more than 20 sites conveniently
located throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the
District of Columbia.
- UMUC offers certificates and bachelor’s and master’s
degrees relevant to a wide range of career areas that
include not only cybersecurity, but biosecurity and
biodefense, criminal justice management, emergency
management, environmental management, homeland
security management, information assurance, intelligence
management, project management, technology
management, and more.
- UMUC is a leading provider of higher education to
the U.S. military, enrolling 50,000 active-duty servicemembers
and their families. The university offers
on-site classes and/or student services at more than
150 locations in 27 countries and territories.
- The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated UMUC a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
“ ...the curriculum for the new UMUC cybersecurity programs was structured with one goal in mind—to graduate professionals ready and able to address these growing cyber threats."
Lieutenant General Harry D. Raduege Jr. (USAF Ret.), Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation