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CIS and University of Maryland School of Public Policy Announce Strategic Partnership

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CIS Signing

New Collaboration Will Focus Research Efforts Toward Critical

National and International Cybersecurity Objectives

COLLEGE PARK, Md., October 26, 2017 -- CIS (Center for Internet Security) and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (SPP)today announced an agreement establishing a multidisciplinary partnership for cybersecurity research.

The new partnership will see CIS and SPP develop and pursue joint research initiatives and projects that leverage each other’s strengths and infrastructure; increase inter-institutional engagement of research centers, faculty, staff and students; share specialized research facilities and equipment; enhance the availability of technical training and job-related continuing education; develop curriculum for joint activities; and create opportunities for student engagement through internships, graduate assistantships and experiential learning.

“This collaboration brings together CIS’ global community of IT practitioners who develop and support the CIS Benchmarks and CIS Controls with UMD’s vast research and academic resources, enabling us to address today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges in a comprehensive way,” said Curt Dukes, CIS Executive Vice President, and General Manager, Security Best Practices Automation Group. 

School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr said, “Bringing together the right partners in government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and academic institutions is critical to prepare ourselves for the cyber century. This partnership is the embodiment of the action we need to bridge the technical and policy worlds to have a real impact on people and organizations.”

You can view photos from the signing on SPP's Flickr account and a video on SPP's YouTube account.


About CIS

CIS is a forward-thinking, nonprofit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. Our CIS Controls and CIS Benchmarks are the global standard and recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data against the most pervasive attacks. These proven guidelines are continuously refined and verified by a volunteer, global community of experienced IT professionals. CIS has offices in East Greenbush, N.Y., and Rosslyn, Va. Visit CIS at and follow us on Twitter @CISecurity.

CIS is home to the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center ® (MS-ISAC ® ), the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. state, local, tribal and territorial government entities. MS-ISAC has more than 1,000 members, including UMD.

About UMD School of Public Policy

University of Maryland School of Public Policy draws on some of the world’s most experienced policy faculty, an outstanding staff and thousands of public interest agencies, nonprofits, embassies, think tanks and media organizations in its teaching and research activities. The School approaches the great societal challenges of our time with a multi-stakeholder focus, working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and at all levels of governance, to analyze and deliver solutions. As part of a top-tier public research institution, the School also draws upon expertise from across the campus. SPP utilizes its geographic location to engage government at all levels as well as host public and private entities, networks and communities in constructive dialogues. Cybersecurity is a critical initiative with the SPP research agenda. Our work for the State of Maryland seeks to leverage private sector best practices to enhance critical infrastructure risk awareness. These linkages reflect the School’s commitment to sharing its research, educational and technological strengths with the community, the State and beyond.

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