Maryland Global Initiative for Cybersecurity

Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach at the University of Maryland


The Maryland Global Initiative for Cybersecurity (MaGIC) promotes and coordinates efforts across the University of Maryland (UMD) to expand its cyber education, research, and development activities.

  • MaGIC brings together students, faculty, and corporate and government partners to develop and deploy innovative approaches to cybersecurity.
  • MaGIC encourages cooperation between academia and the private sector to foster research, enhance educational opportunities, and drive practical applications.
  • MaGIC works with government agencies, both domestic and international, to cultivate research opportunities, funding, and cybersecurity technical capacity across the global community

News & Engagements

February 3, 2021

On February 24th 2021 Dr. Charles Harry, Director of Operations will be presenting new research at the Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering (MAGE) webinar. Summary of Talk: U.S. policy makers have increasingly coalesced around the need to develop a risk based approach for addressing the strategic effects of some cyber attacks. Both U.S. Cyber Strategy and the recently released Solarium Commission Report identify the need to assess and manage national risk. This webinar will discuss a new approach to assess strategic cyber risk by applying graph analysis and complex adaptive systems models to assess both the capacity and the propagation delay in the U.S. domestic air infrastructure. Leveraging 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, we explore national and regional effects stemming from a series of hypothetical cyber attacks against both airport infrastructure and airline networks. Results from this analysis indicate that strategic effects are highly influenced by air network structure and identify areas of regional risk that might require additional attention by federal and state agencies who are charged with assessing and managing strategic impacts of cyber attacks.
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November 13, 2020

Join the Information Studies College (iSchool) on Friday December 11th in hearing a talk from Shauhin Talesh, Professor at the UCI Irvine School of Law on how managed security and technology are redefining insurance operations. Learn more and register for the webinars at
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November 13, 2020

Join the Information Studies College (iSchool) on Friday December 11th in hearing a talk from James Shires, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, University of Leiden, and a fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. Learn more and register for the webinars at
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November 13, 2020

Join the Information Studies College (iSchool) on Thursday November 19th in hearing a talk from Dr. Donald Norris, Professor Emeritus, UMBC and PhD student Laura Mateczun focused on cybersecurity at the local level. Learn more and register for the webinars at
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Integrating a wide range of disciplines to study the cybersecurity problem, UMD has world class researchers across a range of subject areas, studying the computing, technical, behavioral, economic, and policy challenges facing individuals and organizations.UMD ranks among the best 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.

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The University of Maryland is home to world class research centers in cybersecurity. Drawing from faculty and scholars in computer science, computer engineering, quantum computing, business, criminology, information science, journalism and public policy,these centers are conducting that is useful, relevant, and fundamental to addressing the cybersecurity problem.

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The University of Maryland is a world class institution, passionate about educating the next generation of leaders, and ensuring they have the tools and techniques to solve the challenges of cybersecurity in the 21st century. The university offers a variety of professional seminars and workshops as well as traditional courses and concentrations in cybersecurity across a range of fields. Specific programs including a unique undergraduate in-residence honors program in cybersecurity, along with strong masters and doctoral programs in engineering, computer science, and computer engineering are offered.

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