Veteran Cyber Security Professional Tina Williams (TCecure, LLC) to Implement USM Cybersecurity Engagement and Innovation Activities with NCCoE

Adelphi, Md. (Feb. 8, 2017) -- The University System of Maryland in 2014 teamed with the not-for-profit MITRE company on a successful bid for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC). To facilitate the FFRDC's goals, USM has contracted with TCecure, LLC, a Maryland-based cybersecurity company, to bring on Tina Williams as the USM's Cybersecurity Academic Innovation Officer for the FFRDC. 

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and MITRE are executing goals of the new FFRDC in such areas as research, development, technical support, operations, and facilities planning. TCecure provides security engineering and consulting services to public sector and commercial clients in several states and the District of Columbia.

Williams is a veteran cybersecurity professional, certified as an Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds a M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

She was a Meyerhoff Scholar and a University Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), receiving a B.S. in Computer Science. In addition to her role as founder of TCecure, LLC, Williams is an adjunct instructor for UMBC's Graduate Cybersecurity program. She is a member of the Maryland Bar, the NICE365 Industry Advisory Board of Directors, and the CyberMaryland Board of Directors.

"Tina offers the ideal blend of industry, government and academic experience to help us leverage the important work and collaborative power coming out of the NCCoE.  Of particular interest, will be the strategic engagement of key government and industry partners to help foster leading edge research and commercialization activity," said Tom Sadowski, USM Vice Chancellor for Economic Development.

In her role as the Cybersecurity Academic Innovation Officer for USM, Williams will serve as USM's focal point onsite at the NCCoE, and work closely with NIST and MITRE to enhance the vitality of relationships amongst academia, industry, and government to expand research opportunities, cybersecurity technology innovation and commercialization, and cybersecurity technology adoption.

Williams will leverage research capabilities of the USM, and those of the broader FFRDC's Academic Advisory Council (AAC) universities, to identify opportunities for research and application in support of NCCoE's mission. She will also develop and support execution of the NCCoE intern program by identifying and coordinating opportunities for student researchers.

 "I am delighted to represent the USM in our partnership with MITRE in managing this federally funded research center," Williams said. "I look forward to furthering relationships among academia, industry, and government to move Maryland and our country forward in cybersecurity innovation and economic growth."



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