UMUC to Honor Two Cybersecurity Visionaries at Industry Gala

Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan and Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright to receive inaugural awards at "An Evening in Cyberspace" gala on April 2

By Kerry O’Neill ( |   March 30, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (March 30, 2011) — UMUC announced today that it will grant awards to two cybersecurity visionaries at its gala on April 2 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center.

  • Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan, (USAF, Ret.), will receive the ManTech and UMUC Pioneer in Cybersecurity Award.

  • Gen. James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, USMC, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will receive the UMUC Award in Cybersecurity Leadership.

Both awards will be presented during the university's black-tie gala, "An Evening in Cyberspace," which will celebrate the launch last fall of the university's groundbreaking cybersecurity program, while also helping to raise scholarship funds for students entering the program.

"We're tremendously proud to honor Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan and Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright with these awards, which acknowledge their contributions to and impact upon the cybersecurity industry and the field of cybersecurity as a whole," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "As cyber attacks grow increasingly sophisticated and dangerous, it's essential that we have highly trained cyber warriors to protect our infrastructure. Lt. Gen. Minihan and Gen. Cartwright are pioneers in cybersecurity through their efforts, respectively, at the National Security Agency and the U.S. Strategic Command, and have helped pave the way for future cybersecurity specialists."

Lt. Gen. Minihan was chosen to receive the first ManTech and UMUC Pioneer in Cybersecurity Award, which recognizes the lifetime achievements of an individual whose pioneering foresight and revolutionary thinking have helped strengthen the nation's cybersecurity awareness, readiness, and/or community. The award recipient is stipulated to be someone who has played a leading role in developing the early foundations of our cyber capabilities or whose extraordinary contributions have driven actions to benefit the overall security of our nation. Lt. Gen. Minihan is currently managing director of the Paladin Capital Group and is a former director of the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Gen. Cartwright was selected to receive the first UMUC Award in Cybersecurity Leadership, which recognizes a member of the cybersecurity community who exemplifies professional excellence in the pursuit of a more secure cyber infrastructure and whose individual contributions, in the form of innovative strategies, technological advancements or demonstrated transformational change, have had a positive impact on our national cybersecurity. Gen. Cartwright currently serves as the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and previously served as commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, from 2004 until 2007.

UMUC's black-tie gala—"An Evening in Cyberspace: Supporting Tomorrow's Cybersecurity Leaders"—will feature a keynote address by Gen. Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Ret.), a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency and currently principal at The Chertoff Group. The gala will bring together industry leaders from business, education, government and the military, along with researchers and practitioners throughout the field.

UMUC launched two master's degree programs and a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity last fall, and three certificates this past spring. To date, more than 2,000 students have enrolled in its programs, which are delivered completely online and were developed with direct input from a team of today's leading cybersecurity experts, including:

  • Lt. Gen. John Campbell (USAF, Ret.), Executive Vice President, Government Programs, Iridium Communications, Inc.

  • Rear Adm. Elizabeth A. Hight (USN, Ret.), Director, U.S. Defense Command and Control Infrastructure Practice, HP Enterprise Services

  • Robert F. Lentz, President and CEO, Cyber Security Strategies

  • Vice Adm. J. Michael "Mike" McConnell (USN, Ret.), Executive Vice President, National Security Business, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

  • Dr. Donald S. Orkand, Co-founder, DC Ventures and Associates, LLC, and chair, UMUC Board of Visitors

  • James F. X. Payne, Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Security and Cyber Infrastructure, Advanced Technologies Solutions, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

  • Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr. (USAF, Ret.), Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation

  • Marcus H. Sachs, Vice President, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications

  • John N. Stewart, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • L. William "Bill" Varner, President and COO of ManTech's Mission, Cyber and Technology Solutions Group, ManTech International Corporation