UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance


UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA)

A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research

UMBC to host ICEW 2016!

We are proud to announce that UMBC will be hosting the Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Workshop (ICEW 2016) on June 3, 2016. Registration will open soon. Event schedule is available here. ICEW 2016 will be held in UMBC's University Center on the 3rd floor.



UMBC Offers SFS Scholarships!

Through the academic year 2016-2017, UMBC will have supported a total of 27 cybersecurity students at the BS, MS, MPS, and PhD levels in CS and related fields (CE, EE, IS, Cyber). Each scholarship is for the final two years (3 years for PhD and combined BS/MS). Interested full-time degree students should contact Dr. Alan Sherman and visit the scholarship page.

Each scholarship covers full tuition, fees, travel, books, and academic year stipend of $32,500 for PhD, $32,500 for MS/MPS, and $24,000 for BS. Applicants must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents capable of obtaining a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance. Each scholar must work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government (for pay) for one year for each year of award. SFS is an exclusive award: each recipient must decline all other awards.

We are currently in the process of submitting a proposal to renew our five-year grant. At this time, we cannot promise the availability of funds to support new students. We hope to be able to support new students beginning in fall 2018.

We hold 2-3 scholarship competition rounds each year (with applications due mid November, early February, and sometimes also in May). For SFS scholarships starting fall 2016, we added one final special round with deadline August 15, 2016. This was the last scholarship application competition under the current grant.

It is possible that we might end up having enough funds to support one or more new students in spring 2017 (no guarantee that any funds will be available). We will accept applications for possible scholarships beginning in spring 2017, if received by 12noon November 23, 2016.

Applications to be received by Dr. Alan Sherman in ITE 325. All applications must be submitted in paper form with official transcripts and signed original letters on letterhead — no staples, folders, or binders. All applications must use the following cover sheet.

See https://www.sfs.opm.gov/ for SFS details.