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

May 19, 2020

MaGIC’s Director of Operations, Dr Charles Harry will be speaking with industry leaders and policy makers at Denton’s Smart Cities & Connected Communities Roundtable in May 2020. The virtual event hosted by the Dentons’ Smart Cities & Communities Initiative and Think Tank will focus on a number of critical and strategic concerns facing leaders who are seeking to take advantage of the revolution in technology and analytics. Held on May 19th at 1200 EST, the event will bring together industry leaders and policy makers to discuss the challenge of securing new technology designed to create more efficient and transparent municipalities.

For more information and to register for the event please follow the link.
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April 23, 2020

On April 23rd, 2020 MaGIC Director of Operations, Dr. Charles Harry addressed the Armenian-Russian University’s World Politics and International Relations department on the challenge of strategic cyber effects on critical infrastructure. Dr Harry defined the nature of the problem and approaches that UMD researchers are taking to categorize and measure the risks posed by attacks on interconnected human and technical systems.

For more information about the event please see the event link.
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March 3, 2020

MaGIC Director of Operations, Dr. Charles Harry, joined a diverse group of panelists to address faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the public on the problem of disinformation. The panel discussed how using false information with the intention to mislead is a technique that has been around a long time, well before we were all connected online. The internet has allowed these techniques to scale and spread, and that means we all are becoming increasingly challenged in distinguishing fact from fiction.

The event was sponsored by the College of Information Studies.
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June 24, 2019

Former intelligence officials will discuss practical, policy, and legal factors that influence the planning and conduct of clandestine intelligence operations, how technological advances can affect operations in an increasingly transparent world, and the risks that confront intelligence officers and those who assist them.
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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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