The Maryland Cybersecurity Center was launched in Fall of 2010 under the leadership of the Center's first Co-Directors, Dr. Patrick O'Shea (chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Dr. Larry Davis (chair of the Department of Computer Science). Ted Knight (Electrical and Computer Engineering) led the Center's early external relations and outreach efforts.

A launch event on campus in December 2010 attracted over 350 guests, and featured talks from former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) J. Michael "Mike" McConnell, Senator Benjamin Cardin, and industry leaders.

As interim director from 2011-2013, Dr. Michael Hicks led the center's early growth and helped establish the center in its current facility. As Deputy Director during that time, Eric Chapman was also instrumental in getting the center off the ground and establishing strong ties to industry.

Dr. Jonathan Katz was appointed to a 3-year term as director of the center in October 2013.

Dr. Michel Cukier joined as Associate Director for Education in 2012, and continues to oversee the educational efforts of the center.

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