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

Cyber Security 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.

DACCA LogoDepartment of Homeland Security LogoNational Security Administration Logo

Core Faculty and Staff

Douglas Harrison

Douglas Harrison

Vice President and Dean, School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology

View biography

Lawrence Awuah

Lawrence Awuah

Associate Professor, Graduate Cybersecurity Technology Program, The Graduate School

View biography

S. K. Bhaskar Faculty Cyber Security

S. K. Bhaskar

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

View biography

Bruce deGrazia, Faculty

Bruce deGrazia

Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

View biography

Default Headshot

Nick Duchon

Collegiate Professor

View biography

Jennifer Hull

Jennifer Hull

Administrative Coordinator, Center for Security Studies

View biography

Valerie King, Faculty

Valorie Jackson King

Program Director and Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

View biography

Patrick O'Guinn

Patrick J. O'Guinn, Sr.

Program Director, Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation

View biography

Loyce Pailen, Faculty

Loyce Pailen

Professor, Cybersecurity Management and Policy

View biography

Manish Patel

Manish Patel

Collegiate Professor

View biography

James Robertson, Faculty Computer Science

James Robertson

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

View biography

Jesse Varsalone

Jesse Varsalone

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

View biography

Board Members

CSS board members meet regularly and provide guidance on the critical work of the UMGC Center for Security Studies.