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The upcoming one-day session brings together leaders from industry and education to examine the chief information security officer job and the skills that are needed to navigate current cyber threats and career concerns.

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 4, 2018) – On October 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will present a one-day education track at the CyberMaryland Conference focusing on the role of chief information security officer (CISO). Academic leaders and professionals in the public and private sectors will discuss the role of the CISO—and the certifications, training, and education CISOs need to deal with an ever-changing cyber threat landscape.

“This year’s education track brings together senior-level cyber professionals for in-depth discussions of the role of the CISO and the top concerns associated with the position,” said Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, vice dean, Cybersecurity & Information Assurance at UMUC. “Our roster of industry leaders will share their insights into growing the CISO pipeline and the steps needed to become a leader in the cybersecurity field.”

Sessions in the education track will focus on top CISO concerns, critical skills needed to succeed, and academic preparation for a CISO career. Noted topics will include the results of the Ponemon Institute’s January 2018 survey “What CISOs Worry About;” as well as the areas critical for CISOs in addressing data breaches, disruptive technologies and other security threats; and the education requirements needed for CISOs to handle the responsibilities of the position.

Leading off the track on Tuesday, Oct. 9, will be a keynote address by Marcus Sachs, chief security officer, Pattern Computer, North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Verizon's Vice President for National Security Policy. The topic of his address is "What CISOs Worry About and How They Have Prepared!"

In addition to Dr. Garrison-Alexander and several members of the UMUC Cybersecurity faculty, numerous private- and public-sector industry leaders also will be presenting, including: Dov Goldman, vice president, Innovation and Alliances, OPUS; Emery Csulak, CISO/senior official for privacy for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Gayle B. Guilford, CISO, Baltimore City Office of Information & Technology (BCIT); Stacy Dawn, CISO, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM); Dr. Alissa Johnson­­­, vice president/CISO, Xerox Corporation; Paul Cunningham, CISO, Department of Energy; Lisa C. Holman, deputy CISO, Corporate Information Security Office, United States Postal Service; Joe Stenaka, CISO, USDA (APHIS); and Jothi Dugar, CISO, National Institutes of Health (Clinical Center).


 About University of Maryland University College

A pioneer in distance education since 1947, University of Maryland University College is a world leader in innovative education models, with award-winning online programs in workforce-relevant areas such as cybersecurity, biotechnology, data analytics, and information technology.  UMUC offers open access with a global footprint and a specific mission—to meet the learning needs of adult students whose responsibilities often include jobs, families, and military service. Today, UMUC is harnessing the power of learning science and technology to deliver high-quality education that is accessible, affordable and valued. UMUC is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland (USM) and governed by the USM Board of Regents. UMUC was #1 in “Military Times’” 2018 Best for Vets ranking of online and non-traditional schools.

About CyberMaryland

The CyberMaryland Conference is an annual two-day event presented jointly by The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame and Federal Business Council (FBC) in conjunction with academia, government and private industry organizations. The theme, “The State of Cyber,” captures the event’s intent to provide unparalleled information sharing and networking opportunities for the development of cyber assets on both the human and technological side. Additionally, the conference provides an opportunity for Maryland to demonstrate its natural leadership in Cyber Security.