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UMUC Hosts Cyber Center for Education & Innovation—Home of the National Cryptologic Museum Fall Symposium Nov 8 to Address Challenges of Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 26, 2018) – As cybersecurity needs continue to grow, the skills gap has become a national concern and organizations are looking to educational institutions for the next generation of talent that will keep our increasingly interconnected, wireless world safe and secure.

To address this broad issue, a one-day Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI), Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) symposium at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will bring together experts from industry, K-12 and higher education, and government to examine the role of education in combating cybersecurity threats.

“Attacking the Roots of Cyber(In)Security: The Role of Education” will be held on Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. View the event agenda HERE. There is no cost to attend.

“A report issued last fall by the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee recommended that we undertake a ‘cybersecurity moonshot’ to harness the power of government, industry and academia to transform the security of our digital landscape,” said symposium organizer retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Campbell. “The report further noted that better cyber education and awareness are vital so we want in this symposium to take a look at some of the components of the educational process and see how they contribute to the condition of what some have called ‘Cyber In-Security.’ We are really excited to have such a great group of sponsors and experts in the field and hope we can contribute to what is likely to be an important national effort.”

Keynote speakers retired Army Gen. Dennis Via, executive vice president and defense fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Cindy Widick, cybersecurity operations mission manager at the National Security Agency, will highlight the one-day event. Other notable speakers, moderators and panelists include Dr. Karen Salmon, superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education; Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, University System of Maryland Chancellor Emeritus; Javier Miyares, president, University of Maryland University College; and Ben Herold, technology staff writer for Education Week.

Symposium sessions will cover a broad array of topics, including the role of education and workforce development as a fundamental pillar of cybersecurity; progress to date and trends in cyber education and workforce development; perspectives from the Maryland State Department of Education; the interrelationship of market forces and educational priorities; and the role of innovative technologies in cybersecurity.

Co-Sponsors of the symposium are UMUC and the Cyber Center for Education and InnovationHome of the National Cryptologic Museum.  Supporting the symposium are the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, National Security Agency; National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and the Maryland State Department of Education.

About UMUC

University of Maryland University College was founded more than 70 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and servicemembers. Today, UMUC continues that tradition online and offers more than 90 degrees, certificates and specializations backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit

About Cyber Center for Education & Innovation—Home of the National Cryptologic Museum

 The not-for-profit National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) and the National Security Agency (NSA) established a private-public partnership under federal legislative authority to create the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI), Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) facility at Fort Meade, Maryland. The Foundation is engaged in a program to finance and build the new CCEI and Museum, and already has begun to conduct a comprehensive program of cyber educational outreach to educate the nation’s brightest young minds, stimulate discussion on cybersecurity issues and commemorate those who have served in our cryptologic community.