Members of CDL have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of researchers within UMBC and outside of UMBC. Current collaborations include the following:
The CATS Project is developing educational assessment tools for cybersecurity. It includes Geoffrey Herman (expert in engineering education, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), Peter Peterson (expert in security and adversarial thinking, University of Minnesota, Duluth), Linda Oliva (education expert, UMBC). Over 1000 students at the U.S. Naval Academy are taking the Cybersecurity Concept Inventory (CCI) in fall 2020. The CATS Project created the CCI as a test of conceptual understanding of core concepts in cybersecurity.
The PAL Project is analyzing cryptographic protocols for structural weakness. It involves experts in protocol analysis including Edward Zieglar (NSA), Ian Blumenfeld (Two Six Labs), and researchers from MITRE Boston (including Moses Liskov). Linda Oliva (Education) contributes to the educational activities of PAL.
Through CDL, UMBC offers the INSuRE cybersecurity research class once every two years (including in fall 2020, which edition involves ten universities throughout the country including University of Texas at Dallas). One UMBC group is developing an educational network adversary game—Meeting Mayhem—in collaboration with Marc Olano (game design, director of UMBC game track) and Linda Oliva (education).