10-26-10: Securing our Cybersecurity

October 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

More and more, the phrase “security” in Maryland means cybersecurity – developing the skills and systems to repel attacks on the computer networks that enable almost every aspect of our economy, not to mention our defense.

The O’Malley administration is pushing to make Maryland the national center for cybersecurity.  A boost came with the Pentagon’s decision to locate the the U.S. Cyber Command–which carries the responsibility for shielding 15,000 military networks and for being ready to go to war in cyberspace–at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland’s universities and community colleges are increasing their academic focus on cybersecurity, and we want to understand what students need to know in this growing field, and what Maryland colleges are offering them.

T0day, Sheilah talks with Margret Spivey, Director of the Technology and Computer Studies Division at Hagerstown Community College, and Patrick O’Shea, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

First, to find out just what these programs are trying to train their students for, we turned to Diane Miller, director of the “cybergroup” at government contractor Northrop Grumman.


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