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UPDATED 12/9: Sen. Cardin Joins UMD Cybersecurity Center Launch Event for Major Announcement

UMD Cybersecurity Center Launch Event to Feature Keynote by Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell

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MEDIA ADVISORY  December 8, 2010

CONTACT:

Ted Knight
301-405-3596
teknight@umd.edu

UPDATE: SEN. CARDIN MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT AT UMD CYBERSECURITY LAUNCH

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) will help launch the new University of Maryland Cybersecurity Center this afternoon by proposing major federal legislation to ensure the security and safety of Internet communications. The legislation would develop cybersecurity safety standards. Other speakers at the event include Mike McConnell, former director of National Intelligence. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Rotunda from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The new center will adopt a "more than tech," interdisciplinary approach to this national challenge. Other speakers include officials from Lockheed Martin and SAIC. The program will conclude with a keynote talk by Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, titled "Has the Cyberwar Threat Been Grossly Exaggerated?"

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WHAT: The University of Maryland, College Park will launch the new Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2, or "MC-squared") with a special event on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Working together with government and industry, MC2 will promote education, research, and technology development in the emerging field of cybersecurity. The new center will adopt a "more than tech," interdisciplinary approach to this national challenge, capitalizing on College Park's close proximity to Washington, D.C., and key government agencies engaged in cybersecurity. MC2 will bring together experts from engineering and computer science with colleagues from across campus in fields such as information sciences, business, public policy, social sciences and economic policy to develop innovative new solutions to cybersecurity. The event will include opening remarks by university officials, followed by remarks from industry partners and a keynote talk by Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, titled "Has the Cyberwar Threat Been Grossly Exaggerated?" A reception will follow.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Mike McConnell, Former Director of National Intelligence and Current Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Wallace Loh, University of Maryland President
  • William Kirwan, University System of Maryland Chancellor
  • Charles Croom, Vice President of Cyber Security Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions
  • Larry Cox, Senior Vice President and General Manager Intelligence & Information Solutions Business Unit for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2010
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (reception to follow)

WHERE: Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Main Rotunda
Directions
College Park, MD 20742