Dr. Richard Forno is a Senior Lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program, serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity, and is an Affiliate of the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS). His twenty-year career in operational cybersecurity spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping build a formal cybersecurity program for the US House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (then, the global center of the internet DNS system), and co-founding the CyberMaryland conference. As a technologist and student of national security studies, Richard has a strong interest in the influence of technology upon national security, individuals, and global society. (long form bio and faculty page available.)

I consider myself an unconventional, albeit realistic, critical thinker about the relationships between technology, security, and society. Within that broad conceptual and practical framework, I have multiple interdisciplinary research and professional interests -- most notably, information age conflict (broadly defined), cybersecurity operations (especially incident handling), hacker culture, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology.


Since 2004, infowarrior-l (or the IW list, as it's now called as I've moved domains) serves as a moderated listserver that distributes commentary, articles, and items of interest in the technology, security, policy, and current events areas. If you want an item posted, send along to me and I'll consider reposting for you. This is a generally low-volume list whose subscribers include journalists, geeks, political folks, and netizens who think for themselves.

INFOWARRIOR-L can be found here.
    RSS feed is available here.
        The List Archive can be found here.
            ...can't get any easier than that!

Neither Rick nor this listserve or site are affiliated with or support the antics, views, or activities of similar-sounding internet presences, groups, or lists trafficking in falsehoods, conspiracy theories, or other assorted toxicity.


Email is the best way to reach me. (GPG Key) NOTE: I filter mail for content and formatting, which may include blocking certain top-level-domain (TLD) endings on email addresses. Any delays or failures to respond to messages caught and deleted by my server-side spam filter are not my responsibility but yours for tripping them in the first place. Consider yourself warned.


I perform periodic information assurance consulting on my own, through the University, and/or through KRvW Associates as appropriate. If this is not convenient or you have other specialised requirements, you may contact me directly via this website. Please note that I do *not* conduct "certification & accreditation" activities (i.e., audit and compliance) due to my professional views on their use and effectiveness.

Site contents (c) 1999-present by Richard Forno.
Last major site update: 2017-09-10