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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022:
See Yourself in Cyber

Find out how your decisions can impact your online safety and security and your organization's cybersecurity operations.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. Each October, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and its Center for Security Studies (CSS) proudly champions and celebrates this essential online safety, awareness, and education initiative.

The October 2022 campaign theme—“See Yourself in Cyber”—casts a lens on our everyday cyber decision-making. For all its inherent complexity, an organization's cybersecurity operation is only as strong as its people. Through Cybersecurity Awareness Month events, UMGC and the CSS provide information and resources to help educate the public and to ensure all individuals and organizations make smart, safe decisions about information security, whether on the job, at home, or at school.

October 2022 Events

Each year, in conjunction with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), UMGC and the CSS support Cybersecurity Awareness Month by hosting informative and engaging speakers and panelists to champion online safety, awareness, and education. 

October 2022 Cybersecurity Awareness Month video presentations are now available. Please see below for descriptions of some of our events.

Cyber Intelligence Stakeholders

The U.S. cyber sector is broad and diverse and faces challenges in holistically leveraging its numerous cyber stakeholders, including the Federal Government, intelligence community, and the public and private sectors. In this presentation, Brian Powers, UMGC program director for homeland security, intelligence, and emergency management, discusses these cyber stakeholders and their roles, missions, and capabilities that defend and protect the U.S. cyber domain against its adversaries.

Cybersecurity for Simulations

Have you ever wondered if we are living in a machine-generated simulation? How would we know? These questions may seem more at place in a philosophy lecture, but the notion of a simulation is not as far-fetched as we might think. From digital twins to virtual battlegrounds and hyper immersive game environments, reality is not what it seems. Watch this presentation by Jason Pittman, collegiate faculty in the UMGC School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology, to find out more.

Leading with Impact

Watch this in-depth session on impactful cybersecurity leadership, presented by Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, PhD (U.S. Army, Ret.). Having previously served as the Adjutant General of Maryland, Singh has more than 30 years of experience in leadership, consulting, and systems integration experience. In this presentation, Singh focuses on career growth and how to stoke your passion for making an impact through your actions, while highlighting the trajectory of a senior executive.

Cyber & the Maryland Electric Grid

As a National Security Agency analyst, Laura Corcoran participated in a year-long fellowship with the Maryland Office of Attorney General to provide cybersecurity policy recommendations for the electric distribution system in Maryland. In this webinar, Corcoran introduces the entities involved in the fellowship, addresses cybersecurity issues related to the Maryland electric grid, and provides reflections about her fellowship experience.

Immersive Technologies at UMGC

UMGC has embarked on a pilot effort to explore utilizing immersive technologies such as virtual reality to deliver educational experiences. As is always the case, adding new technologies brings along with it the possibility of additional cybersecurity challenges. In this presentation, Daniel Mintz, UMGC department chair for information technology within the School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology, provides an overview of the pilot effort and initial thoughts about cybersecurity implications.