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.


Current Events and Workshops

Webinar: The Cyber Threat - What's Keeping Me Up At Night
Wednesday, October 22, 2014; 12–1 p.m.

You are invited to attend a University of Maryland University College cybersecurity webinar featuring Mr. Emery Csulak, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Csulak will share insights about current and emerging cyber threats along with the latest technology solutions and issues related to policy development and implementation.

The webinar is free and open to students, alumni, faculty, policymakers, government officials, military personnel, defense contractors, law enforcement officials, and interagency and private-sector communities interested in cybersecurity.

Register now!

This webinar is sponsored by the Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland University College.

About Presenter

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.

Mr. Csulak leads the development, implementation and maintenance of the DHS Information Security Performance Plan and Scorecard in support of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). He is responsible for addressing new and emerging technologies for developing information security policy and requirements within the Department. Currently he is working to refine the Departments continuous monitoring and mobile technology information security strategies. He is the DHS Technical Representative supporting the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for Cloud Computing adoption within the federal government.

Mr. Csulak is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has a M.S. in Software Development Management and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Csulak is a two time Federal 100 Award Winner by Federal Computer Week in 2012 for Continuous Monitoring and 2014 for Ongoing Authorization.


Previous Events and Workshops

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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