Center for Security Studies Cybersecurity Research Colloquium group photo

On April 27, UMGC's Center for Security Studies hosted a Cybersecurity Research Colloquium for 2017-2019 National Security Agency and MITRE Corporation grant and scholarship recipients.

During the day-long event at UMGC's Dorsey Station location in Elkridge, Maryland, 22 participants discussed their research efforts and interests in an effort to move their research concepts closer to publication.

Most of the participants were from the inaugural class of the UMGC Cybersecurity Advanced Degree Fellowship (CADF), a program that provides qualified individuals with a fellowship award for tuition and books, as well as a stipend. Upon successful completion of the CADF, fellows will be considered for adjunct faculty positions to teach online undergraduate or graduate courses in the areas of digital forensics, cybersecurity technology, cybersecurity management and policy, software development, and information assurance.

Event attendees also heard from three guest speakers, each with a different perspective on writing, doing research, publishing, and personal branding.

Mansur Hasib, DSc, program chair for the Master of Science in cybersecurity technology at UMGC, kicked things off by leading a discussion about the value of independent publishing and personal branding. Next, Patrick O’Guinn, JD, program chair for the Master of Science in digital forensics and cyber investigation, covered the concepts that appear in his book, Six Questions Writing Method for Essays Research Papers and Business Reports. Finally, David Tobey, PhD, director of research and assessments from the National CyberWatch Center, gave a presentation focused on framing research with theory.

Loyce Best Pailen, DM, director of the Center for Security Studies, said she was honored to have the scholarship recipients and presenters participate in the event.

Note: This event was partially funded by NSA Grant H98230-17-1-0388.