UMUC and ManTech Partner to Support Scholarships for Cybersecurity Studies Through Spring Gala Event

"An Evening in Cyberspace: Supporting Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Leaders," event to be held April 2, 2011


By Kerry O’Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   March 23, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (March 23, 2011) – UMUC today announced ManTech International Corporation as the premiere sponsor for its spring gala, "An Evening in Cyberspace: Supporting Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Leaders." Proceeds from the black-tie gala will help fund scholarships for UMUC students who wish to pursue a degree in cybersecurity. The gala will be held on April 2, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

"We are pleased to have ManTech’s support for this event, which will help fund scholarships for cybersecurity students poised to enter a field with a critical need for professionals trained to defend our nation’s infrastructure against cyber attacks," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "As a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for critical national security and cyber security programs, ManTech is the ideal partner to help us in our mission to train the next generation of cyber warriors."

Gala honoree General Michael V. Hayden (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, has been invited to deliver the keynote address.  L. William Varner, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Technology Solutions group, has been invited to serve on the gala’s honorary committee, along with Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege, Mike McConnell, Melissa Hathaway and other notable cyber leaders. The gala will bring together business leaders, scholars, government officials, researchers and cybersecurity practitioners in celebration of UMUC’s recently launched cybersecurity programs; proceeds will help fund scholarships for students looking to enter the field.

"There is currently a shortage of qualified cyber security professionals in the government and national security sectors," Varner said. "ManTech is working with UMUC through this gala and as part of the university’s Cyber Think Tank to fill that void by ensuring that students receive the education required for cybersecurity careers. There is nothing more essential to our nation’s future than ensuring our readiness to protect and defend our critical infrastructure and national security information."

UMUC launched a bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity and two master’s programs in cybersecurity and cybersecurity policy this past fall. The new degree programs at UMUC were formulated with the careful guidance of a committee of cybersecurity experts— from both the private and public sector—and the curriculum was specially designed to address the growing need for highly-skilled professionals in the industry. The university also launched three cybersecurity certificate programs this spring in Foundations of Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Policy and Cybersecurity Technology.