Education and Training

The Maritime Security Center provides maritime security-focused educational programs designed to enhance our nation's maritime domain awareness, the resiliency of our Marine Transportation System, and the technical skills and leadership capabilities of current and prospective maritime and homeland security workforce. Central to the Center's mission is the transfer of its research into maritime security-centric educational programs, professional development opportunities and workshops.

The center’s educational programs leverage the subject matter expertise and research assets of its academic partners to provide multidisciplinary hands-on learning opportunities and programs for students, professionals, stakeholders, and the general public. Our partners include:

  • Stevens Institute of Technology

  • MIT

  • University of Miami

  • University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

  • Louisiana State University

  • Elizabeth City State University

  • Florida Atlantic University

Student Opportunities

The Maritime Security Center offers the following educational programs:

Professional Development Programs

The Maritime Security Center offers the following professional development opportunities:

Maritime Cybersecurity Program

The Maritime Security Center in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command-Maritime Cyber Readiness Branch, the USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance, and USCG Sector NY have developed a Maritime Cybersecurity professional development course tailored to the education needs of USCG marine safety personnel. 

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Maritime Cyber Risk Management and Leadership Course

The Maritime Security Center is piloting a one-day, instructor-led professional development course tailored to maritime industry C-suite and senior-level executives.  The course is designed to provide a practical understanding of cybersecurity concepts and terminology, and an awareness of cyber-physical risks, vulnerabilities, and mitigations within the context of the maritime transportation sector. 

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Discussion-Based Tabletop Exercises

MSC Research PI Brant Mitchell, Director, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) at Louisiana State University led the Center's efforts to develop discussion-based tabletop exercises to support port facility emergency response and preparedness capabilities. The objective of the Center’s work in this area was to build a web-based repository of scenarios and exercise templates that can be used and customized by the USCG and port facility operators across the country. 

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STEM Educators Workshops

The Maritime Security Center has developed a series of workshops for STEM educators to inspire curriculum and program development and build greater awareness of the maritime sector.

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Beth Austin-DeFares, Director of Education

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201.216.5362