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Richard Forno

Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity
Director, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

SEE Faculty Consultant for “An Introduction Into the World of Cybersecurity” and “Advanced Cybersecurity”

Rick FornoUMBC Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Office: ITE 325A
Phone: (410) 455-3788

Richard Forno directs UMBC’s Graduate Cybersecurity Program. His twenty-year career spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping to build the first formal cybersecurity program for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for at Network Solutions (operator of the InterNIC), and co-founding the Maryland Cyber Challenge. Forno was also one of the early thought leaders on the subject of “information warfare” and he remains a longtime commentator on the influence of Internet technology upon society.

In addition to teaching cybersecurity at UMBC, Dr. Forno has lectured on information security, information warfare, and infrastructure protection at the American University and the National Defense University in Washington D.C.  He is an affiliate of the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) and from 2005-12 was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, serving as an instructor for the CERT Coordination Center.

His interdisciplinary research and professional interests include information age conflict, cybersecurity operations, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology — specifically, issues related to resiliency and autonomy in networked societies. In addition to many articles and commentaries over the years, he is the co-author of O’Reilly’s Incident Response (2001). Forno holds a Ph.D. in Internet Studies from Curtin University of Technology in Australia.

Research Projects
  • Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service Program (SFS)
    CSEE Professor Dr. Alan Sherman (PI) and Dr. Rick Forno (Co-PI), Graduate Program Director, Cybersecurity have received an NSF grant of $2.5 million over five years to fund 22 students studying Information Assurance (IA) and Cybersecurity. The scholarships are part of the Federal Cyber Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.
  • Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3)
    The Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition (MDC3) is a unique and exciting initiative developed and designed especially to encourage young Marylanders to enroll in IT and computer science courses and pursue careers in Maryland’s cybersecurity workforce. The Challenge runs in three competitive divisions: high school, collegiate, and professional.