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

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
You can view photos from the signing on SPP's Flickr account and a video on SPP's YouTube account.
CIS/SPP Partnership
Curt Dukes and Robert Orr
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 www.cisecurity.org and follow us on Twitter
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
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.