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Mission & Vision Statements

Vision Statement: Cybersecurity

The UMFK Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program will be the preferred interdisciplinary and collaborative leader in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (IA) education in the state of Maine. We will be recognized throughout the state and nation as a source of knowledge, expertise, and innovation in the fields of Cybersecurity and IA. We will be recognized also for providing ongoing academic leadership in education, research, and practice that empowers our students to be the IS/IT professionals of tomorrow who are capable of meeting this nations Cybersecurity needs.


Mission Statement: Cybersecurity

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program and National Security Administration (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-recognized UMS distributed Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense is an interdisciplinary collaborative that dedicates itself to promoting the study and advancement of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares professionals capable of leading technological changes in industry both locally and nationally, with an emphasis on the protection of technological infrastructures for the preservation of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.

It does this by providing a supportive and instructional learning and research environment in which students meet the challenges of developing and mastering in-depth knowledge, understanding, and skill-sets in the varied domains within Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, with hands-on applications in analysis, prevention, deterrence and countermeasures of information security and integrity in a global arena. Students who pursue this program of study will find that hands-on application will enable them to design, implement, and administer the security of information systems by embracing the concepts studied and applying those concepts in laboratory settings.

To achieve this mission, the program faculty and administration:

  • Foster and fine-tune the curriculum and student selection process to optimize our role of being a bridge between technology, management, and society,
  • Deliver the curriculum through the intelligent use of synchronous, asynchronous learning instructional environments for both full-time and part-time students,
  • Promote appropriate student and professional responsibility through a multidisciplinary studies approach,
  • Promote instructional excellence that inspires our students to become successful Cybersecurity/Information Assurance practitioners,
  • Coordinate availability of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance coursework to assist Maine and the nation meet their demand for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance professionals,
  • Develop partnerships and alliances with external corporate and industry organizations for pursuing joint educational and research opportunities in Information Assurance;
  • Pursue research and grant opportunities in all areas related to Cybersecurity and Information Assurance,
  • Provide outreach opportunities to K-12 educational levels as well as other interested parties and organizations, and
  • Promote Cybersecurity collaboration among colleges, government and industry.

Program Description/Goals: Cybersecurity

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed to prepare students to obtain employment in the cybersecurity field or as a course of study leading to graduate studies in cybersecurity.


Vision Statement: Information Security

The UMFK Information Security Program envisions itself as providing leadership in information security education that produces graduates who have a clear and deep understanding of both the security management and technical components of information security. The focus of the program not only is on education through the understanding of IS/IT security theory, but also the applied practice of security procedures for the implementation of information security infrastructures. It seeks to produce information security practitioners who are capable of protecting information assets for the betterment of society.


Mission Statement: Information Security

It is the mission of the UMFK Information Security Program to educate and mentor its students to become responsible, knowledgeable and skilled information security practitioners capable of performing all tasks common to the field of information security. The program instills the necessary and fundamental tenets of this field and fosters critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills to produce graduates who are cognizant of the ethical implications of their actions and inactions. Additionally, the program prepares students to further their education at the baccalaureate level and as life-long learners.


Program Description/Goals: Information Security

The Associate of Science in Information Security is designed to prepare students to obtain employment in the information security and related fields or as a course of study leading to baccalaureate studies in information security.