Getting Technical

Dean's Reflections

I wouldn’t call myself an expert when it comes to technology.

However, as a finance professor and dean of a business school, I do know quite a bit about both risk and risk management. Like you, I know that cybercrime is far from a niche issue or a fringe concern limited only to I.T. leadership. It’s a growing, increasingly powerful threat that businesses must be prepared to understand, manage, and defend against.

Michael Herring, a U.S. Government expert on cybersecurity strategy and an affiliate professor in the Sellinger School’s information systems and operations management department, points out in his article “Understanding Cybersecurity—Not Just for Tech Experts,” cybersecurity is something all business leaders must understand. Maryland is becoming a hotbed for cybersecurity efforts, according to the Baltimore Business Journal and Forbes magazine, which names Baltimore as the second best city for technology jobs behind Seattle, largely due to our proximity to federal contracts and the amount of the federal budget invested in tech products and services. So what does all of this mean for our students…and for our businesses?

Just as our region has an opportunity for extraordinary economic development thanks to the growth of these firms, our universities have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to emerge as leaders in cybersecurity innovation, education, and training. We are always monitoring the needs of our business community—and are constantly revisiting and enhancing our program offerings to meet them and try to anticipate future needs. Our new Cybersecurity Certificate is a direct result of our conversations on this issue with our partners in the business community. 

As always, please reach out to me at if you would like to discuss this or any other topic.

I wish you a happy and safe holiday season.