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Join the University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Department on Facebook for a series of live interviews throughout February, beginning Feb. 8, in celebration of Black History Month.

UMUC cybersecurity faculty experts Emma Garrison-Alexander, Loyce Pailen, and Tamie Santiago will discuss their career journeys in Cybersecurity and offer insights and tips for success along the way. Please join us on our Facebook page for video interviews with UMUC Cybersecurity faculty experts.

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Thursday, Feb 8 at 1 p.m.

With Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, Vice Dean, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

Prior to joining UMUC, Garrison-Alexander served as the assistant administrator for Information Technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There, she led TSA’s IT organization with an annual budget responsibility of $400 million. Before joining TSA, Garrison-Alexander served for 25 years with the National Security Agency. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Management and a Doctor of Management in Technology and Information Systems.


Thursday, Feb 15 at 1 p.m.

With Tamie Santiago, Collegiate Associate Professor, Cybersecurity Policy

Santiago spent more than 34 years in leadership positions with the Department of Defense, the White House and in the private sector where she managed large complex organizations and systems. She has a wide-ranging background in cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, intelligence, information assurance, information technology management, strategic planning, research and analysis, fiscal management and oversight.  Santiago also is the founder and president of Destiny’s Promise, a 501©3 organization aimed at helping young women and girls develop into effective leaders.


Thursday, Feb 22 at 1 p.m.

With Dr. Loyce Pailen, Director of the UMUC Center for Security Studies

Pailen has more than 35 years’ wide-ranging experience in information technology that includes work in cybersecurity, software development, project management, telecommunications, risk management, and network and systems security and administration. Pailen has held director-level information technology positions at the Washington Post, Graham Holdings, UMUC, and as a contractor at Computer Sciences Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA). She has also provided project leadership for instructional design and subject matter expertise for the development of major graduate, undergraduate and community college information systems security curriculum development projects.