About the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)

CyberGovernment, industry, and consumers depend on secure and reliable networks and information systems for daily communications and transactions. Vulnerabilities can lead to critical disruptions in telecommunications, banking, utilities, data storage, and transportation services. Addressing the cybersecurity threat requires innovative collaboration between academia, government and the private sector.  Given our unique location, strength of our faculty, research, and educational programs, in late 2010, the University of Maryland created the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2).

MC2 partners with government and industry to provide educational programs to prepare the future cybersecurity workforce, and develop new, innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks.

An Ideal Location

UMD’s proximity to the nation’s capital and close interactions with key federal agencies, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), US Cyber Command, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, make College Park an ideal place for cybersecurity education, research and technology development.  The growing industrial presence in Maryland and surrounding states makes MC2 a unique location for impactful cybersecurity research, education, and technology development.  In addition, Maryland leads the nation in information technology jobs and more than half of the nation’s internet traffic passes through the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

A Comprehensive Approach to Cybersecurity Research and Education

MC2 is unique in its comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education, research and technology development, stressing "more-than-tech," interdisciplinary solutions. MC2 brings together experts from computer science and engineering with colleagues from across campus in fields such as economics and the social sciences to establish broad-based cybersecurity initiatives.

Innovative Research and a Reputation for Excellence

Maryland researchers are applying their expertise in key areas, including wireless and network security, secure software, cyber supply chain security, privacy in social networks, cybersecurity policy, cryptography, attacker behavioral analysis, health care IT, multimedia forensics, and the economics of cybersecurity.

UMD ranks among the top 20 public research universities in the nation. NSA designated the University of Maryland as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The University of Maryland was also named an Intelligence Community "Center of Academic Excellence" by the Department of Homeland Security.

Educating the New Cybersecurity Workforce

MC2 takes a unique approach in educating the future cybersecurity workforce to serve industry and government needs in Maryland and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. MC2 offers a number of innovative educational programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry professionals.


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