The UMUC Center for Security Studies provides educational resources, networking, and career training opportunities for working adults pursuing security studies, and works with industry and government to meet the cybersecurity and homeland security needs of our nation. Members of CSS include distinguished faculty members, chairs, program directors, academic directors, and other experts. They participate in national-level efforts to educate leaders and make significant progress in information assurance and homeland security fields by

  • Conducting applied research
  • Providing advisory and consulting services
  • Assembling and delivering specialized courses
  • Developing innovative teaching tools such as remote access laboratories, network testbeds, interactive learning objects and simulations
  • Hosting conferences, colloquia, workshops and webcasts on the cutting edge of cybersecurity and homeland security topics
  • Partnering with industry and government to develop new programs and deliveries in the areas of information assurance and homeland security
  •  Establishing and administering scholarships and fellowships supported by individuals and public- and private-sector organizations

Center of Excellence

UMUC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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Core Faculty and Staff

S. K. Bhaskar Faculty Cyber Security

S. K. Bhaskar

Vice Dean

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Balakrishnan Dasarathy, Faculty

Balakrishnan Dasarathy

Program Chair and Professor of Information Assurance Program

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Bruce deGrazia, Faculty

Bruce deGrazia

Director and Professor of Cyber Security Management and Policy Program

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Emma Garrison-Alexander, Staff

Emma Garrison-Alexander

Vice Dean
Professor

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Michelle Hansen

Collegiate Professor Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics

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Mansur Hasib

Mansur Hasib

Program Chair of Graduate Cybersecurity Technology Program

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Jennifer Hull

Administrative Coordinator, Center for Security Studies

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Valerie King, Faculty

Valorie Jackson King

Program Chair, Cybersecurity Management and Policy
Collegiate Associate Professor

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Patrick O'Guinn

Patrick J. O'Guinn, Sr.

Program Chair

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Loyce Pailen, Faculty

Loyce Pailen

Professor of Cyber Security Management and Policy

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Irmak Renda-Tanali, Director, Graduate Homeland Security and Emergency Management Programs

Irmak Renda-Tanali

Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Programs

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James Robertson, Faculty Computer Science

James Robertson

Program Chair, Computer Science and Software Development and Security
Collegiate Professor

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Tamie Santiago

Collegiate Associate Professor

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Mamadou Thiam, Faculty

Mamadou Thiam

Lab Director, The Graduate School

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Jeff Tjiputra Faculty Cyber Security

Jeff Tjiputra

Program Chair of Cloud Computing
Team Captain of UMUC Cyber Padawans

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Jesse Varsalone

Jesse Varsalone

Collegiate Associate Professor
Coach and Captain of the UMUC Cyber Padawans

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Board Members

CSS board members meet regularly and provide guidance on the critical work of the UMUC Center for Security Studies.