Gallagher and Harry win UMD "Invention of the Year" award

April 13, 2017

CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher and Research Scholar Charles Harry were awarded a UMD "Invention of the Year" award at "Innovate Maryland," a UMD celebration of innovation and partnerships held on April 12, 2017. 

The award recognizes Gallagher and Harry's work to develop a Cyber Disruption Index and Framework that will assist businesses, organizations, and governments to better prepare for and respond to cyber attacks. This work was among 3 finalists for the award in the Information Sciences category.

Gallagher and Harry recently published a policy brief, "Categorizing and Assessing the Severity of Disruptive Cyber Incidents," which explains certain facets of the Cyber Disruption Index and Framework and examines how it can be used to better understand the range of effects that could result from different types of cyber attacks. The UMD Division of Research also profiled Gallagher and Harry's work.

School of Public Policy Dean Robert Orr recognized Gallagher and Harry for the award and cited it as "another great example of the innovations that are happening at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy."

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 for the 2017 awards: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Information Sciences. One invention was chosen to win the Invention of the Year Award from each category. Read more about the Invention of the Year Nominees.

Feature in selected projects: 
A Multi-stakeholder Approach to Cybersecurity Risk Management