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UMBC Training Centers' Homer Minnick to Speak at CyberMaryland 2012

-- Cybersecurity training and education remains essential for the future success of our
nation's defense --

COLUMBIA, MD – October 10, 2012 – UMBC Training Centers (, announced today that Homer Minnick III, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at UMBC Training Centers, will speak at the upcoming CyberMaryland 2012 conference. On October 16th, Minnick will speak on the subject of "Training and Educating Cyber Professionals." CyberMaryland 2012 is held on October 16th and 17th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Minnick's speech will focus on the importance of cybersecurity training and education. The message is clear—cybersecurity is the responsibility of the entire workforce, from entry level technicians to research PhDs. Cybersecurity is a broad, complex and constantly evolving subject. Training and educating such a diverse cyber workforce is a challenge, but it is essential for the future success of our nation's defense and economy. The Center for Cybersecurity at UMBC Training Centers exists to address the cyber workforce professional education and training needs of the military, the intelligence community, federal civilian agencies, and the commercial sector in the Mid-Atlantic region.

"I am honored to participate in this extraordinary event, as well as share the platform with other distinguished representatives and speakers." says Homer Minnick III, Director, Center for Cybersecurity at UMBC Training Centers. "This is our 2nd year participating in this event. An event like this is significant because it raises awareness and educates Americans about cybersecurity, and ultimately, increases the resiliency of our nation and its cyber infrastructure."

UMBC Training Centers will participate in the expo, at booth 203, alongside UMBC at booth 205. UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, will deliver the keynote address during the general session on Wednesday, October 17th. The subject will be "The Cyber Generation: A Nation's Promise for Progress, Prosperity & Peace."

About CyberMaryland 2012
CyberMaryland 2012 exists for information security insiders, business innovators and aspiring professionals. This two-day conference features national thought leaders, showcases business opportunities and provides outstanding networking. CyberMaryland 2012 includes a 28+ session conference, showcase and expo, Cyber challenge and competition, as well as a National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Ceremony and Awards Banquet. The event is being held in conjunction with the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month and sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

About Homer Minnick
Homer Minnick has contributed to our nation's cyber defense, functioning as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) from 2006 until 2011. Minnick served in the United States Army as a Computer Network Operations (CNO) Operator and as a Technical Advisor in the development of the Army's new Cryptologic Network Warfare Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and the Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC). Additionally, Minnick assisted with CNO workforce development as the Army subject matter expert and advisor to the joint NSA Associate Directorate for Education and Training (ADET) CNO Working Group that defined and developed the training paths for many of the national-level CNO work roles. These efforts have assisted US armed forces and the DoD in developing and maintaining a competent and prepared cyber workforce. In December 2011, Minnick retired from the Army after 20 years of service and began his tenure with UMBC Training Centers as the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from UMUC and a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Capitol College, as well as several industry technical certifications including CISSP, CEH, MCSA and RHCT.

About UMBC Training Centers
UMBC Training Centers ( delivers high-quality professional education and training services to individuals, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses. UMBC Training Centers extend the academic excellence of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to working professionals and organizations through the delivery of technical, scientific and professional non-degree training programs. UMBC is certified as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Research sponsored by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

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