Cybersecurity students learn to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of information security.

Cybersecurity, also known as computer security or information technology security, is the study of the tools and systems used to monitor, mitigate, and prevent online threats. Cybersecurity professionals use innovative technology to combat hackers, cyberterrorists, network outages, and other technical problems that could compromise network security.

Hands-on experience is an integral part of covering the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information security. Students gain experience in combating simulated cyber attacks and develop skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

UMA supports cyber education by providing our students:

  • Hands-on experience through the Maine Cyber Range
  • Open-lab time in our Cybersecurity Resource Center
  • Professional Development through Extracurricular Activities

Cyber students & faculty also collaborate with organizations beyond the normal boundaries of the institution, helping to promote cyber awareness and education in the surrounding community.

Maine Cyber Range

In 2019, UMA launched the Maine Cyber Range, a training and simulation center, where cybersecurity students can use market-leading, commercially licensed security products, while a sophisticated attack generator runs a wide range of attacks providing the disruptive cybersecurity experience that professionals in these positions face every day. Training opportunities include large-scale exercises and capture the flag environments. Participants can face live cyber-attacks that will allow them to build their skills on how to best detect, stop, and remediate cybersecurity incidents. Learn more >>

Students are welcome to use the Cybersecurity Resource Center (CRC) located on the Augusta campus in the Randall Student Center, Room 246. The lab is available to students Monday-Friday, unless a class is scheduled. Students may also request access during the evening.

Henry Felch

“The whole goal of the program is to provide a lot of hands-on experience, so that when students graduate, they have skills that can be applied in the workplace on day one.”

Henry Felch
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity

Extracurricular Activities

UMA Cyber Moose is a competitive cybersecurity team, providing participants with an opportunity to compete nationwide and work together to improve their knowledge and skills.

UMA Cyber Club provides students with an opportunity to pursue cybersecurity topics and activities that will support and enrich their education.

UMA has a National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA) Student Chapter, cultivating a national community that supports students in their cybersecurity endeavors through extracurricular activities, career opportunities, mentoring, and keeping them at the forefront of cybersecurity trends.

UMA has a Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Student Chapter, to promote recruitment, retention and advancement of women students in cybersecurity, helping to decrease the gender disparity in the field. WiCyS is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.

Minimum:

  • CPU: Intel core I5
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Hard drive: 500GB/1TB Hard disk drive (HDD)
  • OS: Windows, MacOS
  • Internet access speed: 100 kb/s

Recommended:

  • CPU: Intel core i7 or higher
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Hard drive: 500GB/1TB Solid state drive (SSD)
  • OS: Windows, MacOS
  • Internet access speed: 10 mb/s or higher
  • Online storage and/or backup for homework and important documents is highly recommended (ex: One Drive, iCloud, DropBox)

Mac Users: Some classes may require software that can only run on Windows OS. To be able to use this software you will have to create a windows virtual machine on your Mac (You may be eligible for a free Windows 10 education license, ask your instructor about it)

Linux: Linux is used on a virtual machines for some classes.

Software:

Microsoft Office for Home Use: Office can be installed for use on personal computers and mobile devices at no cost. The online version, Office 365, may also be used. You may perform the enrollment process online at the following location by using a valid @maine.edu email address. Go to http://office.com/getOffice365

Virtualization Software (choose one):

  • Oracle Virtualbox (Free at www.virtualbox.org)
  • VMware Workstation (You may be eligible for a free VMware workstation education license, ask your instructor about it)

Internet Browser:

  • Google Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/
  • Mozilla Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/

Note: These are the only two browsers that are fully supported for access to our virtual lab systems.