University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Develops Third Network Systems and Security Lab to Provide Information-Assurance Training to Students in United States, Europe, and Asia


(ADELPHI, Md.) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced today that it has developed its Network Systems and Security Laboratory at its Asia campus in Yokota, Japan. The lab was developed as a result of an in-kind grant from Cisco Systems’ Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group. In addition, the grant – which comes in the form of lab equipment and faculty training – allowed UMUC to develop a network systems lab Heidelberg, Germany and to enhance its existing laboratory at its main campus in Adelphi late last year.


Each lab allows UMUC – which is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – to support face-to-face and online courses by teaching basic and advanced computer security skills in a hands-on environment. The labs, which are expected to be used by more than 27,000 students and military members throughout the world, are designed to help students apply the theories and concepts that they have studied by setting up different scenarios to expose students to myriad situations in protecting information resources. UMUC’s Network Systems and Security Laboratories offer instruction in data communications and networks, Internet security, intrusion detection, incident response and computer forensics.

“This is the first truly global reach by any university to offer real-life simulations and training in the critical field of computer security and information assurance,” said Susan Aldridge, UMUC president. “The new security studies lab in Asia will allow UMUC to improve the quality of both face-to-face and online courses in Information Assurance, Emergency Management and Homeland Security.”


Recent trends have made computer security and information assurance training even more essential. Governments have gradually turned to the private sector to provide the bulk of their vital critical infrastructure services, including energy, financial services, communications, water, transportation and health care. These same businesses and governments have migrated many of their core business processes onto information networks and the Internet. Protecting these infrastructures, many of which are privately owned and operated, demands close cooperation across public and private sectors.


“The modern workforce is in desperate need for men and women who are trained to manage 21st century security needs. It’s essential that our programs and the technology that supports them stays on the cutting-edge to address today’s security issues worldwide,” said Don Goff, executive director of UMUC’s Security Studies Laboratory. “UMUC’s programs offer practical homeland security management and technology degrees and courses to enterprise managers and military personnel throughout the world.”


The labs will support and enhance the rollout of UMUC’s new homeland security degrees – Information Assurance, Emergency Management, Homeland Security – and other existing security related programs.

These programs include: a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems management; Master of Science degrees in computer systems management, information technology and technology management; and undergraduate and graduate certificates in information assurance.

  About University of Maryland University College

UMUC is the second-largest university in Maryland, serving 90,000 students and offering undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. As demand grows for flexible, high-quality degree programs, the Board of Regents projects that UMUC’s enrollments will grow by 101 percent by 2015. In addition, UMUC is the 12th largest degree-granting university in the United States, is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation, and is a unique provider of degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels related to homeland security. The university offers room-based instruction at 20 locations throughout the Washington, DC metro area.

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