First-year Cybersecurity MPS student Andrew Shiffer placed third in Microsoft's "Cybersecurity 2020" student essay contest. The contest allows Microsoft to solicit original research about cybersecurity policy challenges from university students at any stage in their educational careers. Andrew's paper is entitled "A Cybersecurity Triumvirate: Policies, Outcomes, and Emerging Trends."
Andrew will receive $2,000 prize (which he is applying toward his studies at UMBC) and the opportunity for his work to be published by Microsoft at a later date. According to a follow-up note from Microsoft, it appears that Andrew is the only American finalist — the first and second place students both came from Canadian universities.
Well done, Andrew!