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Richard F. Forno, Ph.D. | Program Director

UMBC Faculty Rick FornoSenior Lecturer & Graduate Program Director, Cybersecurity
Assistant Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity

Ph.D., Curtin University of Technology
M.A., Salve Regina University
Graduate Certificate (National Security & Strategic Studies) US Naval War College
B.A., American University

Richard Forno, Graduate Program Director of the Cybersecurity Program at UMBC, has 20+ years of experience in 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. Dr. 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 American University, and the National Defense University in Washington D.C. He is an affiliate of the Stanford 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). Dr. Forno holds a Ph.D. in Internet Studies from Curtin University of Technology in Australia.

Robert W. Clark, J.D | Adjunct Instructor

L.L.M., The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
B.G.S., University of Michigan

Robert Clark is currently the Cyber Operations Legal Advisor with the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. Through this position, Mr. Clark advises Commander and staff on all legal matters relating to full spectrum cyberspace operations and information operations. Prior to this position, he worked in the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the National Protection and Programs Division, and with the Department of the Navy as the Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Clark received his J.D. at the Michigan State University College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has received many Military Awards and has presented at conferences and summits across the nation.

Daniela Coman, CISSP, CEH, CSSLP | Adjunct Instructor

M.S., Information Technology & Telecommunication Management
Capitol Technology University (Capitol College)
B.S., Computer Science & Mathematics
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University


Daniela Coman has more than 20 years of experience leading projects and providing technical expertise in designing and implementing software security solutions for network communication and confidential information protection for large, enterprise-level software products.

Ms. Coman has a passion for enhancing software programming and cybersecurity skills of the students in academic settings and is a Secure Software Development Lifecycle evangelist.

Michael R. Fluharty, Jr. | Adjunct Instructor

M.P.S., Cybersecurity, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
B.S., Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Mike Fluharty is the Vice President of Security Engineering & Architecture and Cyber Operations at Defense Point Security (DPS). He won the 2012 SANS National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for "Using Continuous Automated Monitoring To Radically Reduce the Risk of Cyber Attacks Against Confidential Citizen Health Data". Mr. Fluharty's speciality is understanding enterprise-wide security measures, including risk assessment during the development, design, and implementation phases.

Mr. Fluharty has experience implementing and managing large security programs and operation centers. He combines advanced network, security, and operating systems knowledge to provide security for mission critical assets in multiple agencies and commercial entities.

Mansur Hasib, D.Sc., CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS, NET+, SEC+ | Adjunct Instructor

Mansur Hasib is an interdisciplinary information technology and cybersecurity strategist. Bringing over 25 years of experience managing information technology in both public and private sectors into the classroom, Dr. Hasib is currently an Information Technology and Security Consultant through Tomorrow’s Strategy Today. Previously, Dr. Hasib served 12 years as Chief Information Officers (CIO) in healthcare, biotechnology and educational industries, including the Baltimore City Health Department and the University System of Maryland, where he developed enterprise information technology and information security governance frameworks for several organizations.

Dr. Hasib earned his Doctor of Science in Information Assurance from Capitol College, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University. His industry certifications include CISSP, PMP and CPHIMS. Dr. Hasib is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international conferences and has authored the following two books:

Michael Hennick, CISSP, CASP, CEH, CHFI, PMP | Adjunct Instructor

M.P.S., Cybersecurity, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
B.S., Information Systems Management, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Michael Hennick is currently CISO and Senior Network Security Architect for Solipsys Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, where he is responsible for overseeing cyber operations for the company, including secure network architecture and design, incident response and forensics, vulnerability management, and proactive threat assessment & penetration testing.

With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Michael has held roles and gained first hand experience in positions ranging from software development, technical support, system, database, and network administration, network design and architecture, penetration testing, and incident response. In addition to teaching cybersecurity at UMBC, he also teaches network security classes for Howard Community College (HCC) and consults with small businesses to assist in their cybersecurity needs.

He maintains numerous industry certifications including CISSP, CASP, CEH, CHFI, as well as multiple GIAC certifications, and vendor specific certifications. He is also a member of the Baltimore chapters of FBI’s Infragard, NCMS, and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)

Albert Kinney | Adjunct Instructor

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School
B.S., United States Naval Academy

Al Kinney, who has been with UMBC as an adjunct instructor since 2009, is the Director of Cybersecurity Capabilities U.S. Public Sector at HP Enterprise Services (HPES). In this capacity, Mr. Kinney is responsible for development, marketing, and delivery of Identity Management, Software Assurance, and Cyber Situational Awareness services across federal, state & local, and selected international markets. He also serves as a key Subject Matter Expert responsible for industry awareness, client interaction, and oversight of HPES business, marketing, and investment strategies supporting broader development of HP's cybersecurity services and capabilities. Mr. Kinney has held a number of leadership and management positions including executive functions in government, military, and commercial enterprise organizations.

Mr. Kinney holds a Command & Staff Diploma from the Naval War College along with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He remains active in the academic community as a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Cyber Security Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor within the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.

You can view Mr. Kinney’s public LinkedIn profile here.

Charles K. Nicholas, Ph.D. | Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Faculty Advisor, UMBC CyberDawgs

Ph.D., Ohio State
M.S., Ohio State
B.S., University of Michigan - Flint

Dr. Nicholas's research interests include document engineering, information retrieval, malware analysis, and computing in the humanities.

Cathleen Owen, J.D. | Adjunct Instructor

J.D., University of Maryland Baltimore Law School
B.A., Ohio State University (w/honors)
Graduate Certificate (Information & Telecommunications Systems), Johns Hopkins University

Cathleen Owen, who has over 25 years of experience in the National Security Agency, was recently named the Deputy Associate General Counsel for Information Assurance and Cyber Security. As the lead cyber attorney for NSA, Ms. Owen ensures cyber operational activities are in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements by providing authoritative legal advice and training to a client set of thousands. Additionally, she collaborates with other national agencies to shape the legal processes and review of technology and cyber operations. Prior to this position, she held the Office of General Counsel, Intelligence Operations Attorney, and Program Director.

Ms. Owen received her B.A. in Chinese from The Ohio State University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Law School. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar. She has co-authored training for cyber threat operators on relevant law and procedures, provided that training to hundreds of cyber threat operations operators before assisting in converting the training to an on-line course. Additionally, she has also developed unique training for intelligence operators on relevant law and procedures and provides such trainings to hundreds of intelligence operators.

Diana Parr | Adjunct Instructor

M.A., Strategic Security Studies, Concentrations: International Security Studies; Homeland Security Strategy and Leadership, National Defense University
B.S., Information Systems Management, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Diana Parr is a Cybersecurity Technical Leader for the National Security Agency (NSA). She supports the NSA Information Assurance mission as a cybersecurity advocate to senior leadership within NSA, as well as diplomatic and intelligence agencies. She has worked on projects involving computer network attacks against government and diplomatic systems, cloud computing vulnerabilities, nuclear command and control protection, and other information assurance issues. She also served in technical management roles involving data center management, help desk operations, and software development, both while working for NSA’s Technology Directorate and in a previous assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Ms. Parr is the recipient of two national intelligence awards for service and leadership in the intelligence community. Prior to joining the federal government, she worked in private industry for 20 years, including four years working for software companies in Silicon Valley.

Ben Shariati | Lecturer & Assistant Program Director

Ph.D. Candidate, George Washington University
Graduate Certificate in Information Security, George Washington University
M.S. George Washington University
CNSS 4011 Certified

Ben Shariati is a technology and business executive with over 20 years of experience, specializing in international organizations. Currently, Mr. Shariati is the Director of INFOSEC at SEATEC, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD. In this role, he provides executive leadership and is responsible for all aspects of strategic IT planning, implementation and support worldwide as an integral component of business plan. Prior to this position, Mr. Shariati was the Manager of End-User Technology at Barents KPMG in Washington, D.C. and a Systems Specialist at NCSI in Rockville, MD.

Mr. Shariati received his M.S. in Engineering Management and is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Assurance/Cyber Security at George Washington University. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University.

Christina L. Smyre-Deloatch, Ph.D., CISSP | Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D., George Washington University
M.S., North Caroline A&T State University
B.S., North Carolina State University

Terry L. Thompson, Ph.D. | Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D., Georgetown University
M.A., Wayne State University
B.A., Wayne State University

Dr. Terry Thompson has been a member of UMBC’s adjunct faculty since 2002. He has developed and taught courses in cybersecurity, national security, and contemporary Russian politics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has over 40 years of professional experience in security and intelligence including 30 years with the U.S. Government, most of which was at the National Security Agency. He served for 12 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, retiring as a Vice President in 2014. During his Booz Allen career, Dr. Thompson led or participated in cybersecurity engagements with clients in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and with the U.S. Government. He helped Middle Eastern clients establish and evolve national cybersecurity programs, and contributed to their national strategies, resilience programs, and cyber human capital development. In his initial Booz Allen assignment in 2003, Terry was part of the Government-Contractor team that designed the organizational structure and defined the initial roles and mission for the National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Thompson completed his B.A and M.A at Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. He has presented at cybersecurity conferences in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates and published in Network Middle East. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Advisory Board for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy at New York University, Abu Dhabi.

Tina C. Williams, J.D., CISSP, PMP | Adjunct Instructor

J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

TCecure’s Founder and President, Tina C. Williams – Esq., CISSP, PMP, is a long-time participant in, and advocate of, the security and intelligence industry. Ms. Williams has worked for multiple Federal contract companies, including Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Dependable Global Solutions Inc. (DGS), and now TCecure. Throughout her career, Ms. Williams has provided project management; security architecture, engineering, testing, training, and assessments; risk management; and other related services to clients.

Ms. Williams is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She was a Meyerhoff Scholar and a University Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), receiving a B.S. in Computer Science, and also holds a M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. During her tenure as a part-time law student, and full-time employee of Unisys and DGS, Ms. Williams also worked as a legal extern supporting the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and as a research assistant for the Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (MD CHHS).

Ms. Williams is a member of the Maryland Bar, and a member of the NICE365 Industry Advisory Board.

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