Valorie King

Valorie King

Program Chair

University of Maryland University College


My road in life has taken me all over.
Software Engineer.
Systems Engineer.
Mom & CEO of NonProfit (I also homeschooled my children which helped prepare me for my current job).
Management Consultant.
Computer Scientist (Information Assurance).
Government Executive (IT Policy Analysis).
Faculty Member & Program Chair.
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Program Chair

I manage the Cybersecurity Management and Policy academic program.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

Customer Service -- students, faculty, staff. My success depends on helping others achieve their goals. Project Management -- making sure that courses and curriculum are developed and delivered on schedule, at the required level of quality, and within the resources available to me. Product Design, Delivery, and Management -- overseeing the content of courses in cybersecurity with a management and / or policy emphasis (or both). Quality Management -- assuring the delivery of high quality courses.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Learn to use Windows and / or Linux -- learn how the operating systems work. Add scripting in Python or some other programming language (Java, C++, assembly language). If you can write working code and can understand how your computer actually works ... someone will be willing to give you a chance to break into cybersecurity. This is especially true if also you earn the Network+ and or Security+ certifications.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

"Why are you still working? You have kids."

Challenges I Overcame

Physical Issues