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The Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland Global Campus provides educational resources, networking, and career training opportunities for students 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 the 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

About the Center

The Center for Security Studies is designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Education for the MS in cybersecurity technology.

For 2021, UMGC is validating the MS in cybersecurity management and policy program by submitting elements to the NSA and DHS pertaining to the academic program of study, including curriculum, student-related information, faculty profiles and qualifications, continuous improvement information, and NICE Framework crosswalk alignment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Loyce Best Pailen, UMGC's CAE point-of-contact, at


What We Offer

Learn about the Center for Security Studies faculty, staff, events, programs, and more.

Cybersecurity Designations

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the DC3 Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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May 24, 2023 Event Recap: Kemba Walden on National Cybersecurity Strategy

UMGC's Center for Security Studies hosted an informative online webinar with Kemba Walden, Acting National Cyber Director in the White House's Office of the National Cyber Director. Walden brings a wealth of leadership experience, including high-level cybersecurity and legal roles at Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency. She discussed a number of topics, including the cybersecurity workforce, digital literacy educational pipeline, and U.S. National Cybersecurity Strategy. More than 500 people attended online.

Listen to Dr. Pailen on Seeking CyberMaryland

Dr. Loyce Pailen, director of UMGC's Center for Security Studies, recently appeared on Cybercrime Magazine's newest podcast series, Seeking CyberMaryland. Speaking with host Heather Engel, Dr. Pailen discussed her professional background and highlighted the importance of the 2023 CyberMaryland Conference.

The 2023 CyberMaryland Conference takes place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on December 6–7, 2023.


Helpful UMGC Cybersecurity Information

The Center for Security Studies holds conferences and events and collects information for cybersecurity scholarship programs. Periodically, we will post this information to the website. Be sure to check back for updates.