UMUC is an unprecedented three-time winner in the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland’s People’s Choice Award category
Loyce Pailen, a doctor of management and director of the Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has won the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Incorporated (CAMI) People’s Choice Award, announced April 11 during the 3rd Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration.
Pailen is the third UMUC faculty member in a row to receive the coveted CAMI prize. Mansur Hasib, Ph.D., cybersecurity technology program chair won in 2017 and Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, Ph.D., vice dean of UMUC cybersecurity graduate programs won in 2018.
“Being recognized among six highly qualified cybersecurity professionals is a tremendous honor,” said Pailen of her People’s Choice Award. “At UMUC, where we have one of the strongest and most innovative cybersecurity education programs in the world, it’s a privilege to be part of a leadership team that also promotes cybersecurity through scholarship, grants and K-12 community outreach,” she added.
Before a sold-out crowd of 350 attendees at the Maryland LIVE! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Maryland, 15 awards were presented to Maryland companies, organizations and individuals judged to have outstanding cybersecurity products, services or programs, or to have made a substantial contribution to Maryland’s cybersecurity industry.
CAMI awards nominees are selected by a committee of independent judges. Finalists in all awards categories, which include individuals and companies, then compete for global votes for the People’s Choice Awards contests. Read the full list of 2019 CAMI award winners.
Pailen has more than 35 years of experience in information technology, including work in cybersecurity, software development, project management, telecommunications, risk management, and network and systems security and administration. She has held director-level information technology positions at the Washington Post, Graham Holdings, UMUC, and as a contractor at Computer Sciences Corporation for the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA) of the U.S. Department of Defense.
She also has provided project leadership for instructional design and subject-matter expertise for major graduate, undergraduate and community college information systems security curriculum development projects. In addition to her work in the field, Pailen is the author of “Super Cybersecurity Grandma,” a book series that introduces children to cybersecurity and online safety.
About University of Maryland University College: University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is headquartered at the epicenter of cybersecurity between the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command in Maryland and the cyber corridor in Virginia. In 1949, UMUC was the first university to send faculty overseas to educate active-duty military personnel in Europe and has stood in commitment to the nation’s military for the last 70 years. Today, UMUC serves more than 90,000 students, including more than 50,000 active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and their family members at military installations in more than 20 countries.
About Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.: The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) is a statewide, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization formed in 2015 to identify Maryland’s cybersecurity product and service companies and facilitate the introduction of those companies to businesses, government entities, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions seeking cybersecurity solutions. CAMI’s mission is to create a global cybersecurity marketplace in Maryland and generate thousands of high-pay jobs through the cybersecurity industry.