Marce, Ann Melleive

Undergraduate institutions and degrees
University of Maryland, Global Campus – BSc Cybersecurity Management & Policy

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Bicester, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (U.S. Military Spouse)

Area of Focus
Cybersecurity Law

What was the topic of your capstone project? Why did you choose that topic? What did you learn?
My thesis explored the need to establish technologically-independent boundaries for privacy. Rather than attempting to individually assess the privacy implications of each individual technology, the expectation of privacy must be correlated to individual identity exposure involved via data convergences and data criticalities.

As a Cybersecurity Professional, this topic has emerged as a key concern as digital technology becomes more and more integrated into daily life. Digital devices have the potential to cause serious impacts on Constitutional rights.

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through the MSL program without…                           The support and feedback of my professors. Also, my husband’s willingness to proofread and critique my very complex capstone thesis. Having a ‘canary’ to test ideas on and ensure the written discussions were understandable to non-legal and non-technical readers was invaluable.

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Both Markus Rauschecker and Benjamin Yelin had significant impacts on my perspectives and understanding of how the law and cybersecurity interact. Professor Yelin and I share a deep interest in digital privacy law, and a discussion post in one of his classes is where my thesis topic emerged initially. Professor Rauschecker has been invaluable in the evolution of developing that idea and finding the right legal underpinnings for justifying it.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
It’s difficult to choose just one favorite. Both Ben Yelin and Markus Rauschecker contributed greatly over the course of my studies. Additionally, Laura McWeeney was an incredible resource and made a huge impact on my professional understanding of administrative law.

What was your favorite class and why?
Overall, I think the Constitutional and Administrative law classes were my favorites. I really enjoyed learning about how the Constitution shapes our government, as well as the historical foundations which prompted the Founding Fathers to include them.

As a Cybersecurity professional, the Administrative law class was particularly useful for elevating my understanding of regulatory compliance. It removed a lot of the mystery surrounding how such regulations are created and applied.

How will you use what you learned in the MSL program?
This program has prompted me to specialize in the information privacy realm of cybersecurity and become a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

Write a message.
So many people have helped me along this journey. First and foremost, is my husband, David, who has almost earned this degree right beside me, especially after all the proofreading and critiques. He has been so patient and supportive as I explained case law and tried out new ideas on him.

Likewise, my fellow military spouses have been equally supportive. Lisa, and Veronica, you guys never failed to patiently listen as I rambled and ranted about digital privacy or tried to explain what on earth a digital avatar really was.

Finally, to my professors and my advisor, who have all helped me succeed, even in the midst of an international move: Ben Yelin, Markus Rauschecker, Laura McWeeney, Michael Vesely, and Crystal Edwards.

I am so grateful for the support and motivation I received from each of you!

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