Richard F. Forno, Ph.D.


Dr. Richard Forno is a Principal 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 Scholar at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Prior to academia, his twenty-year career in operational cybersecurity includes 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), consulting to Fortune 100 companies, the government, national security community, and more. Richard has a strong interest in the influence of technology upon national security, individuals, and global society.

I'm an unconventional, albeit realistic, critical thinker about the relationships between technology, security, and society. Within that broad conceptual and practical framework, I have interests and professional expertise related to information age conflict, cybersecurity incident handling, crisis/risk communication, resiliency, technology policy, and more. My public outreach activities are marked by a commitment to understandability across audiences and experience levels to deliver common sense analysis, actionable guidance, and occasional outside-the-box perspectives that will keep audiences engaged, informed ... and possibly even amused.

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