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Principal Lecturer in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Richard Forno is a Principal Lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program, serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity, and is an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Prior to academia, his twenty-year career in operational cybersecurity includes helping build a formal cybersecurity program for the US House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (then, the global center of the internet DNS system), consulting to Fortune 100 companies, the government, military, and more. As a technologist and student of national security studies, Dr. Forno is an unconventional, albeit realistic, critical thinker about the relationships between technology, security, and society. Most recently, he is co-author of Cybersecurity and Local Governments (2022, Wiley).


  • 2010–present
    Principal Lecturer, UMBC


  • 2010 
    Curtin University of Technology, Ph.D., Internet Studies
  • 2002 
    Salve Regina University, M.A., International Relations
  • 1997 
    US Naval War College, Graduate Certificate, Strategic Studies
  • 1994 
    American University, B.A., International Relations
  • 1992 
    Valley Forge Military College, A.A, Business


  • 2022
    Cybersecurity and Local Government (co-author), Wiley
  • 2001
    Incident Response (co-author), O'Reilly