Richard Forno

Position / Title: 
Junior Affiliate Scholar
rforno AT infowarrior DOT org
richard DOT forno AT umbc DOT edu

Dr. Richard Forno directs UMBC's Graduate Cybersecurity Program, is the Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity, and a lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. His twenty-year career spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping build the first formal cybersecurity program for the US House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (former operator of the InterNIC) and co-founding the Maryland Cyber Challenge. Richard was one of the early researchers on the subject of "information warfare" and continues to hold a strong interest in the influence of Internet technology upon society.

His interdisciplinary research interests and professional expertise include information age conflict (broadly defined), cybersecurity operations, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology -- specifically, issues related to resiliency and autonomy in a networked society.

Richard received his Ph.D. from Curtin University of Technology in 2010, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from American University and Salve Regina University respectively. From 2005-12, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, serving as a course instructor for the CERT Coordination Center.

Selected Recent Publications:

Forno, R. Hack, Play, Win: Lessons Learned Running the Maryland Cyber Challenge (USENIX ;login; V40(6) - 2015)

Forno, R. Looking Within to Improve American Cybersecurity (USENIX ;login; V37(4) - 2012)

Forno, R. Credibility Lost: How Hollywood's Own Reality Undermines Its Position on Internet Policy (2012)

Hrabowski, F. (UMBC President) and Forno, R. (2010) “Higher Education Must Lead in Cybersecurity” Montgomery County Gazette (editorial)