Mansur Hasib, PhD, program chair for the Master of Science in cybersecurity technology at University of Maryland University College, has won the People's Choice Award at the 2017 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Competition.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the nonprofit Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc., in partnership with PNC Bank and Point3 Security, hosted the inaugural awards celebration before a crowd of 250 attendees at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Hasib's award was one of 13 presented to Maryland companies, organizations, and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to Maryland's cybersecurity industry.

Hasib, a Doctor of Science in cybersecurity, also holds the prestigious CISSP, PMP, and CPHIMS certifications. He was chosen for the People's Choice Award for his profound positive impact on Maryland's cybersecurity community. CAMI's panel of judges selected the finalists earlier in the year, and the winner was decided through several weeks of global online voting.

"I am very thankful to everyone for their votes, support, and friendship," said Hasib. "I believe the entire global campaign—and then the award—provided all of us at UMUC a unique opportunity to highlight the amazing and innovative cybersecurity program we have."

Winning this award has validated a concept Hasib has long been teaching his students: the importance of "building a personal brand" through the sharing of knowledge. This concept is part of the first course in UMUC's graduate cybersecurity programs, and Mansur considers it an integral part of the Graduate School experience at UMUC.

"I feel that people identify with other people much more readily and more deeply than with organizations. This is why people are central to the cybersecurity strategy of an organization."

Central to this concept is the idea that sharing knowledge—especially knowledge that helps others succeed—is the ultimate form of leadership. Continuous innovation through continuous learning, Hasib believes, is the only way to implement a cybersecurity culture.

"Knowledge in our heads is completely useless," said Hasib. "Its power is unleashed only when it is shared. Engagement of lots of brains is critical in our field. That is my personal mission and my driving force as an educator."