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Program Overview:

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.