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LIU Senior Fellow Appointed to Maryland’s Cybersecurity Commission


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Frederick J. Ferrer, a Senior Fellow with LIU's Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI) and a retired Air Force Intelligence veteran, was recently appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence.

Professor Ferrer and 27 other private industry and governmental representatives have been tasked with developing plans to promote cybersecurity, attract private investment, promote public and private partnerships, expand research and development, and enhance workforce training and education. The Commission will also examine methods of recovering from cyber attacks. A preliminary report has already been created, and a comprehensive plan is due by January 2013.

Ferrer is the Director of Cyberspace and Information Decision Dominance at ARINC, a communications, engineering and integration firm headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. He is responsible for shaping and articulating the company's strategic direction in cyberspace pursuits.

A retired Air Force veteran and leading expert in his field, Ferrer currently teaches graduate-level courses in HSMI's Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management and the Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree program.

At ARINC, Ferrer has leveraged the company's engineering and marketing resources to steer it toward a leadership role in fighting threats from cyberspace.

"ARINC creates and delivers many cyber-related products and services to large, sophisticated customers across industry, government, and the military," he states. "We not only have a responsibility to help our customers guard against cyberthreats, but we are extremely well-positioned to assist both them and the nation in accomplishing this. Maryland's high concentration of Government, Defense, and Security agencies, as well as its many advanced research institutions, can make our region the nation's "Epicenter for Cybersecurity."

After joining ARINC in May 2010, Ferrer was invited to chair the Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Advisory Board for the Anne Arundel (County) Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). The AAWDC built a consortium of academic and industry partners that won a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support cybersecurity training for the region's workforce. The Tech Council of Maryland named Ferrer "Rising IT Star of the Year" at its 2010 CIO& CTO Live! Award event. This year, Ferrer was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, where he is currently building a Cyber Forum.

Posted 01/10/2012

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