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Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) ~ Fall Cybersecurity Symposium

In November, the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation (CCEI) co-sponsors a Fall Cybersecurity Symposium with the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). The program is an official event of CyberMaryland that highlights relevant cybersecurity topics and features experts in the field. The Symposiums were launched in 2017 with "Cyber at the Crossroads," an event featuring renowned cybersecurity experts. Please see below for information about the upcoming program, and for a link to the 2017 Symposium recap page.


About the Symposium

A recent report by the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee recommended that the United States undertake a “Cybersecurity Moonshot” to harness the power of government, industry and academia to “fundamentally transform the security of our digital landscape” and attack the roots of cyber insecurity. This symposium focused on some of the fundamental challenges of cybersecurity education and workforce development and how they might be overcome.

The cybersecurity skills gap, its persistence, and its implications for the nation are well documented. The urgent question is: Why does this state of affairs exist? Normally, the market solves labor shortages through rising wages. Educational institutions respond by offering programs that lead toward careers in shortage areas. Students are drawn to and prepared for these careers. Over time, the market reaches a dynamic equilibrium where the supply of needed professionals adapts to and paces with demand. But this does not seem to be happening. If anything, the cybersecurity skills gap is growing both in terms of an insufficient number of new professionals and their level of skills.

This one-day symposium addressed the 'why' question and identified solutions through keynote addresses and panel discussions. The program included the perspectives of senior leaders, policy makers, employers, faculty and students who focused on how powerful new technologies might be used to boost the talent pipeline, slow the demand for cybersecurity professionals, and help the nation achieve a sustainable equilibrium.

Symposium Topics

~ Education and workforce development as a fundamental pillar of cyber security
~ Progress to date and trends in cyber education and workforce development
~ Perspectives from Maryland students in STEM educational programs
~ The relationship between the workforce market demand and educational outcomes
~ The role of innovative technologies in strengthening the quality, accessibility, and inclusiveness of cyber education

Learn more about the Agenda, Speakers, Sponsors.


  • On 10 October 2017, CCEI and then-UMUC (now UMGC) partnered to present the "Cyber at the Crossroads" Fall 2017 Symposium, featuring renowned national cybersecurity leaders, including experts from past and current administrations, the U.S. military, industry, and academia for a discussion of the past, present, and future of the security of our nation’s cyber infrastructure. With the benefit of 20 years’ experience and recently declassified material, this symposium explored the roots of ER97 and the resulting initiatives; looked at applications to today’s cyber issues and highlight some important choices facing us; explored some alternative cyber futures; and discussed current administration initiatives to secure America’s cyber infrastructure. Click on the title to see the full recap page.

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