About the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
The Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), created in late 2010, is an academic center on the University of Maryland campus that brings together faculty, researchers, and students working in the field of cybersecurity from several schools and departments across campus. Our proximity to the nation’s capital enables close interaction with federal agencies, and our location in the Maryland-DC-Virginia region -- one of the leading areas in the country for cybersecurity innovation and job growth -- makes MC2 an ideal place for technology development and partnerships with industry.
The center has a three-fold mission focusing on research, education, and outreach.
MC2 is unique in its comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity, in that it brings together not only faculty with expertise in the core areas of computer science and electrical engineering but also those with backgrounds in economics, social sciences, human-computer interaction, and other areas of engineering. The center has particular strengths in cryptography, programming-language and software security, behavioral aspects of security, empirical security, and cybersecurity economics.
UMD ranks among the top 20 public research universities in the nation, with top-ranked departments in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. NSA has designated the University of Maryland as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, and the university was also named an Intelligence Community "Center of Academic Excellence" by the Department of Homeland Security.
MC2 facilitates a wide variety of educational opportunities on the UMD campus. At the undergraduate level, UMD is home to ACES, the nation's only undergraduate honors program focusing on cybersecurity. Students majoring in computer science or electrical and computer engineering have access to numerous courses in cybersecurity, and can obtain a specialization in the area. Our Masters of Engineering in Cybersecurity offers working professionals the opportunity to develop their expertise, and our PhD programs allow students to take part in the cutting-edge research taking place on campus.
MC2 also sponsors a number of educational/outreach events for lower-school, middle-school, and high-school students, especially targeting women and under-represented minorities.
Our Corporate Partners' Program enables leading companies to collaborate with faculty and have the benefit of their expertise. Corporate partners also have exclusive access to student recruiting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
MC2 is actively engaged in outreach to the broader community through public events such as our annual symposium and lecture series, as well as through our educational outreach programs mentioned above. We also work with standards bodies, policy makers, and legal experts, contributing our technical expertise to help them make their decisions.