Welcome.

Dr. Richard Forno is a Senior Lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program, serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity, and is an Affiliate of the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS). His twenty-year career in operational cybersecurity spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping build a formal cybersecurity program for the US House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (then, the global center of the internet DNS system), and co-founding the CyberMaryland conference. As a technologist and student of national security studies, Richard has a strong interest in the influence of technology upon national security, individuals, and global society.

Faculty Advisor, hackUMBC
Faculty Co-Advisor, Cyberdefense Team
Research Park Committee, UMBC Faculty Senate

Office Hours: By Appointment
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Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

rforno@[thisplace.edu]

RESEARCH/PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

I consider myself an unconventional, albeit realistic, critical thinker about the relationships between technology, security, and society. Within that broad conceptual and practical framework, I have multiple interdisciplinary research and professional interests -- most notably, information age conflict (broadly defined), cybersecurity operations, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology -- specifically, practical contextual issues related to security, resiliency and autonomy in networked societies. Additionally, I am interested in the science of risk and security communications, media studies/influence activities, and how 'cyber' is a part of it.

TEACHING

2017                 INDS 490 - Interdisciplinary Studies: Capstone Project (undergraduate core course)

2016                 Co-taught CYBR 691 “SCADA and ICS Security” (graduate elective)

2014                 CMSC 304 “Ethics in Information Technology”  (undergraduate core course)

2011-                CYBR 624 “Cybersecurity Project”  (graduate research/capstone course)  (Taught every semester)

2011                 CYBR 620 “Introduction to Cybersecurity”  (graduate core course)

2000                 “Introduction to Information Security”  (undergraduate elective, American University)

PUBLICATIONS

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GRANTS / FUNDING

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2018-2019          $180,183. (under review). Department of Defense (DOD), Co-PI: “DOD IASP Scholarships and Protocol Analysis Lab.” (Alan Sherman, PI)

2017-2023          $4,988,073. National Science Foundation (NSF), Co-PI: “UMBC Cybersecurity Scholarship for Service Program Renewal” (Alan Sherman, PI) 

2017                  $1,500 (gift). National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “UMBC CTF”

2017                 $3,185. UMBC Hrabowski Innovation Fund Seed Grant, Co-PI: “From Service to Study: Creating a Better Environment for UMBC’s Student Veterans.” (Meredith Oyen, PI)

2016 (Fall)         $5,000. National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “hackUMBC”

2016 (Spring)     $5,000. National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “hackUMBC”

2015                 $45,180. National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “Maryland Cyber Challenge 2015.”                              

2015                 $24,000 (unfunded). UMBC Hrabowski Innovation Fund. "PROCASTER: Pathways and Relevant Opportunities for Cybersecurity Awareness, Student Transitions, and Enhanced Recognitions."

2014                 $84,000.  National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “Maryland Cyber Challenge 2014.”     

2013                 $271,435.  National Science Foundation (NSF)  Co-PI: “Supplement to UMBC Cybersecurity Scholarship for Service Program and Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Workshop Series” (Alan Sherman, PI).

2013                 $84,000.  National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “Maryland Cyber Challenge 2013.”     

2013                 $315,768. (unfunded) National Science Foundation (NSF). Co-PI: "Strategic Curriculum and Community Building to Increase Undergraduate Interest, Knowledge, and Student Diversity." (Anupam Joshi, PI).

2012-13             $83,280. National Security Agency (NSA), Co-PI: “DOD IASP Scholarships.” (Alan Sherman, PI)

2012-17             $2,542,169. National Science Foundation (NSF), Co-PI: “UMBC Cybersecurity Scholarship for Service Program and Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Workshop Series” (Alan Sherman, PI) Self-recused as Co-PI in 2014 due to out-of-state family emergency & availability concerns.

2012                 $14,300. [confidential agency], Principal Investigator: “Vulnerability Assessment”

2012                 $84,000.  National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “Maryland Cyber Challenge 2012.”     

2011-12             $85,537. National Security Agency (NSA), Co-PI: “DOD IASP Scholarships.” (Alan Sherman, PI)

2011                 $84,000.  National Security Agency (NSA), Principal Investigator: “Maryland Cyber Challenge 2011.”