Across our country, breaches in cybersecurity are undermining companies and agencies. Crucial information is at risk. Thousands of cybersecurity professionals are needed to defend against this threat. Utilizing Rapid Applied Learning (RALTM), our certificate programs combine multiple skills training and hands-on problem solving guided by expert instructors to create high-impact learning. The skills mastered in these programs prepare participants with immediate, on-the-job effectiveness to tackle real-world situations.
Fayetteville State University (FSU) and UMBC Training Centers have entered into a partnership, resulting in the launch of cybersecurity certificates through FSU's Center for Defense and Homeland Security. This partnership represents the shared commitment of both universities toward the development of Cybersecurity professionals, growing the workforce to meet the tremendous needs of both corporations and our country as a whole. The combined expertise of these two institutions has resulted in the development of this high-impact program, providing dynamic instruction, hands-on curriculum, and rapid applied learning.
By the end of 2013, 30,000 scientists and engineers will retire from the Department of Defense laboratories and civil support agencies. Sixty-thousand (600,000) scientists and engineers will retire by 2020. As a nation, we must prepare for a full rage of threats, including biological, chemical, nuclear warfare - and the newest threat to our security: "cyber warfare." The effective dissemination of a lethal biological agent, for instance, could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and result in untold economic, societal, and political consequences (Nation Strategy for Biosurveillance, July, 2012). Designed as an incubator to address these real-wold, emerging threats of compelling interest to the security of the United States, 27 interdisciplinary faculty and scholars in the Fayetteville State University Center for Defense and Homeland Security are partnering with MIT Lincoln Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and industry partners to prepare the next generation of national security STEM professionals from diverse underrepresented populations, especially females, minorities, and students with disabilities in predominantly disadvantaged communities.
This interdisciplinary collaboration facilitates curricular innovations, partnerships, research, and faculty development to prepare the next generation of STEM graduates and national security professionals. The major focus area of the CDHS include: K-12 STEM Education Outreach, Cybersecurity, National Security Challenges, and Emergency Management.
UMBC Training Centers launched the Cybersecurity Academy in 2010, building on 10 years of experience in providing IT and cyber training to industry and government. The Cybersecurity Academy provides highly focused skills training and practical experience to address the cyber workforce training needs of the military, the intelligence community, federal civilian agencies, and the commercial sector in the Mid-Atlantic region. Utilizing Rapid Applied Learning (RALTM) - a UMBC Training Centers exclusive - the Cybersecurity Academy certificate programs combine multiple skills training and hands-on problem solving guided by expert instructors to create high-impact learning. The skills mastered in these programs prepare participants with immediate, on-the-job effectiveness to tackle real-world situations. These certificate programs were designed by UMBC Training Centers in collaboration with senior executives and technical staff from the Department of Defense (DoD), leading government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies.