Center for Security Studies

Events and Workshops

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) offers conferences, seminar series and webinars that explore cybersecurity and homeland security issues and trends in an open and unclassified format. Speakers and panel members include a wide range of leaders and security experts from the government, industry and academia.

CSS events are designed for students, faculty, policymakers, government officials, military personnel, defense contractors, law enforcement officials, interagency and private-sector communities working and interested in the cybersecurity and homeland security fields.

Webinar: Perils of Encryption - Apple vs. FBI
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Our online world has plunged headfirst into reliance upon encryption, but there are subtle—and occasionally disastrous—consequences. These can include lack of visibility to most inspection devices, lost keys resulting in data loss, wrong assumptions about the actual risk to data, and unexpected leaks when the data is not as protected as intended.  This talk by Mr. Paul Boin reviews some instructive case studies and lays out guidelines for ensuring that your cryptographic efforts safely meet requirements.


Previous Events and Workshops

Cyber Connections: Linking Academics, Skills, and Professional Expertise

This event, held on October 21, 2015 at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo, Maryland, featured influential cyber security thought leaders who discussed new trends, strategies, and challenges. Speakers included Gerald N. "Chip" Willard, senior technical leader at the National Security Agency, Devon Bryan, vice president of global chief information security services at ADP, Stephen Gantz, chief security and privacy officer at Cognosante, and Richard Smith, information and security officer at Freddie Mac.

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Webinar: Analysis: Cops versus Geeks: Examination and Analysis - The New Frontier of Digital Forensics
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mark PollittOver a 40-year career, Dr. Mark Pollitt has been a military officer, FBI Special Agent, consultant, and educator. He was the first Agent designated as a Computer Evidence Examiner in the FBI's Computer Analysis Response Team and later became Director of the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory Program. In this presentation, Dr. Pollitt discusses the applied science of digital forensics—collecting, examining, and analyzing digital content as evidence in criminal investigations—and the long-standing debate over whether IT specialists ("geeks") or law enforcement professionals ("cops") should conduct it.

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Webinar: The Cyber Threat - What's Keeping Me Up At Night
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emery CsulakEmery Csulak is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is responsible for the implementation of the department's information security program. He leads and facilitates information security policy and guidance and architecture requirements for all DHS systems and networks. Mr. Csulak has over 20 years of experience in information technology, information security and management consulting and has been a key leader in the support of DHS since 2004.

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Webinar: Are We Ready To Defend Cyberspace?
Thursday, March 14, 2013

deboraplunkettThe Webinar featured Debora A. Plunkett, director of the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency. Ms. Plunkett  shared her insights about rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and trends. She discussed emerging cybersecurity strategies to protect and defend cyberspace and shed light on the importance of preparing a robust cyber workforce to defend our national information infrastructure.    


Webinar: How to Obtain and Keep a Security Clearance
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Georgina C ObenschainThe Webinar on security clearance featured recognized security expert Georgina Obenschain, vice president and director of Security, Science Applications International Corporations-SAIC. Ms. Obenschain shared her insights and useful tips about the security clearance process.

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Webniar: Cybersecurity—Can Policy Keep Up with the Pace of Technological Change?
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Larry ClintonThis Webinar on the state of cybersecurity and governmental policymaking featured Larry Clinton, president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). Mr. Clinton addressed innovative policy formulation and implementation strategies in the face of the unprecedented cybsersecurity challenges of our nation.

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Webinar: The Geopolitics of Cyberspace
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ron DiebertThis Webinar featured a prominent speaker, Dr. Ron Deibert, director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He offered an in-depth presentation and discussion about the growing geopolitical competition over cyberspace and its implications for global security. Drawing from research of the Citizen Lab, and in particular the Information Warfare Monitor's Ghostnet and Shadows in the Cloud, Ron Deibert shared prominent trends contributing to cyberspace contestation and provided unique perspectives on the broader implications for world politics and security.

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Cybersecurity and Homeland Defense Symposium and Job Fair
May 7, 2010, at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo, Maryland

The Cybersecurity and Homeland Defense Symposium and Job Fair featured a keynote speech and panel discussions by prominent leaders in cybersecurity and homeland defense. The job fair brought together UMUC students, alumni and working professionals with the area's top employers in cybersecurity, information assurance, homeland security, emergency response management, law enforcement and criminal justice.


Our National Cybersecurity: Emerging Challenges and Strategies Seminar
November 11, 2009 at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland

Dale MeyerroseThis seminar featured a keynote speech by Dale Meyerrose, the first CIO for the National Intelligence Community and current vice president and general manager for Cyberspace Solutions at Harris Corporation. Attendees included students, faculty, educators, policymakers, government and law enforcement officials, military personnel, defense contractors, interagency and private sector communities working/interested in cybersecurity, information assurance and homeland security. This seminar offered an in-depth presentation and discussion about the U.S. cyberinfrastructure, the breadth of our information architecture and how together they prevent security breaches and foreign and domestic attacks.

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