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CISSM Director and Research Scholar Win Invention of the Year Award

Nancy Gallagher, director of the Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM), and Charles Thomas Harry, research scholar at CISSM, have won an Invention of the Year award at Innovate Maryland, a UMD celebration of innovation and partnerships held on April 12, 2017.

“Cyber Disruption Index and Framework,” is a method developed by the research team to qualify and quantify cyber disruptions by taking into account three characteristics: scope, magnitude and duration. The three characteristics are then measured and graphed to compare the disruptiveness of cyber events to better understand the implications the disruptions can have. You can read more in-depth about their invention on the CISSM website or in their recently-published policy brief about the cyber distruption index and framework.

Every year, the University of Maryland honors inventions that have the potential to make an impact on science, society and the free market. Nine inventions were nominated across three categories: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Information Sciences. One invention was chosen to win the Invention of the Year Award from each category. Gallagher and Harry’s index and framework won in the Information Sciences category.

Read more about the Invention of the Year Nominees on the UMD Division of Research website.