The UMGC Center for Security Studies provides educational resources, networking, and career training opportunities for working adults pursuing security studies, and works with industry and government to meet the cybersecurity and homeland security needs of our nation. Members of CSS include distinguished faculty members, chairs, program directors, academic directors, and other experts. They participate in national-level efforts to educate leaders and make significant progress in information assurance and homeland security fields by

  • Conducting applied research

  • Providing advisory and consulting services

  • Assembling and delivering specialized courses

  • Developing innovative teaching tools such as remote access laboratories, network testbeds, interactive learning objects and simulations

  • Hosting conferences, colloquia, workshops and webcasts on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and homeland security topics

  • Partnering with industry and government to develop new programs and deliveries in the areas of information assurance and homeland security

  •  Establishing and administering scholarships and fellowships supported by individuals and public- and private-sector organizations

  • Supporting institutional security resources and awareness

Cybersecurity Program Designation

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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Core Faculty and Staff

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Lawrence J. Awuah

Collegiate Professor

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Helen Barker

Department Chair, Cybersecurity

S. K. Bhaskar Faculty Cybersecurity

S. K. Bhaskar

Vice Dean, Computer Information Systems and Technology, The Undergraduate School

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Mary-Margaret Chantre

Program Director, Cybersecurity

Bruce deGrazia, Faculty

Bruce deGrazia

Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

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Nick Duchon

Collegiate Professor

Douglas Harrison

Douglas Harrison

Vice President and Dean, School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology

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Jennifer Hull

Jennifer Hull

Administrative Coordinator, Center for Security Studies

Valerie King, Faculty

Valorie Jackson King

Program Director and Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

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Loyce Pailen, Faculty

Loyce Pailen

Senior Director of the Center for Security Studies and Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

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Manish Patel

Manish Patel

Collegiate Professor

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Jason M. Pittman

Collegiate Professor

James Robertson, Faculty Computer Science

James Robertson

Program Chair, Computer Science and Software Development and Security
Collegiate Professor

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Jesse Varsalone

Jesse Varsalone

Collegiate Associate Professor
Coach and Captain of the UMGC Cyber Competition Team

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Cybersecurity Advisory Board

The Center for Security Studies has reconvened the Cybersecurity Advisory Board, an external board of advisors made up of local and national industry professionals, faculty from other institutions, and other figures in the cybersecurity field. The board will provide a connection between UMGC's cybersecurity programs and the broader cybersecurity community.

John Abeles

John Abeles

President and CEO, System 1, Inc.

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Marc Fruchtbaum

Marc Fruchtbaum

Defensive Cyber Operations, IronNet
Adjunct Professor, UMGC Cyber

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Frank Grimmelmann

Frank J. Grimmelmann

President and CEO of the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA)

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Clay House

Clay House

CISO/VP IT Risk Management

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Ray Letteer

Ray Letteer

Compliance Branch Deputy Chief (Cybersecurity and SISO), Marine Corps Authorizing Official

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Tiffany Tremont

Tiffany Tremont

President and CEO, Silotech Group, Inc.

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