Learn skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.
The mission of the program is to provide students with innovative technology and a curriculum designed to meet the growing demands in the field of cybersecurity.
We are dedicated to providing student-centered learning and professional development for a maximum experience in cybersecurity education, while aligning with industry needs.
Maine Cyber Range
Our students gain hands-on experience through our Maine Cyber Range, which now offers a training & simulation platform where participants can face live cyber-attacks that will allow them to build their skills on how to best detect, stop, and remediate cybersecurity incidents. (Cyber ranges are interactive, simulated representations of an organization’s local network, system, tools, and applications that are connected to a simulated Internet level environment).
“The 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, DCS
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems & Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Resource Center
Our 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, when a class is not in session. Students may also request access during the evening.
Clubs & Chapters
Our students can participate remotely in professional development opportunities through extracurricular activities. Our students & faculty also collaborate with organizations beyond the normal boundaries of the institution, helping to build professional connections, as well as promote cyber awareness and education in the community.
- Cyber Moose Competition Team
- Cybersecurity Club
- National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA) UMA Student Chapter
- Women in Cyber (WiCyS) UMA Student Chapter.
The Cybersecurity Internship, required at the Bachelor level, provides the student with an opportunity to build a professional portfolio of relevant work experience. With guidance from the Internship Coordinator, students are required to locate and arrange an internship within the field of cybersecurity. To help prepare for an internship, students are encouraged to do a little research about a company, just as you would prepare for a job interview or job fair. This can help you stand out from the crowd of other applicants, and give you insights into the organizational culture and industry operating conditions.
The program recognizes the value of relevant work experience and partners with technology-based organizations to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their skills base in information technology, cultivate mature life and workplace skills that prepare the student for personal and professional challenges, and establish a network of professional contacts in the
information technology field. The work completed by the student intern is expected to parallel or exceed job performance expectations. These expectations include responsibility, productivity, professionalism, and well-defined IT skill sets.
We encourage our students to also seek industry certifications. According to NICE, Computing and Cybersecurity Certifications have been used to detail the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed for key roles in information technology and cybersecurity. The primary focus of a professional certification program is to provide an independent assessment of the KSAs required for performance of an occupational role or specific work-related tasks. The certification awarded is a quality benchmark and designates that participants have demonstrated the requisite KSAs and other requirements established by the certification program provider.
Certification Programs provide hands-on learning and performance-based assessments, validate competencies to perform work roles, supply learners with portable and stackable credentials, and ensure continued competence in an evolving field through renewal requirement.
National Centers of Academic Excellence Recognition
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Program. The goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. This program contributes significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art cyber defense knowledge and practice.
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
As of April 2019, the University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2019-2024. This designation was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity. We are the only 4-year program in Maine to be recognized.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
UMA’s curriculum for the professional Masters in Cybersecurity has been designed to align with benchmarks for certification from the National Security Agency (NSA). As a result, with the graduation of our first cohort and after the requisite three years that the NSA requires for recognition, this degree program will seek recognition as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Note: These five and six-hundred level classes will be entirely separate from UMA’s undergraduate classes in cybersecurity; we will have no joint graduate and undergraduate classes. This will clearly delineate graduate and undergraduate classes and learning objectives in cybersecurity. NSA requirements for recognition outline clearly the difference between undergraduate course requirements and graduate courses. The newly designed graduate courses meet NSA guidelines. The classes have appropriate student learning outcomes, syllabi, and expectations at the graduate level.