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CyberMaryland 2017: Media Recap

The 2017 CyberMaryland Conference, held on October 11-12 at the Baltimore Convention Center, attracted more than 90 speakers from across the U.S. and abroad. The two-day event showcased thought-leaders, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh; NSA Deputy Director, George Barnes; U.S. Cyber Command Director of Corporate Partnerships and Technology, Capt. Ed Devinney; Cofounder of Gula Tech Adventures, Ron Gula and McAfee VP, Brett Kelsey.


The conference’s theme, “Leading the Cyber Generation,” exemplifies the event’s goal of providing a platform where industry leaders can collaborate and educate future cyber warriors with one objective in mind – the protection of public and private critical infrastructures.

This year’s event offered eight forums and more than 25 sessions. It attracted media coverage from The Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record, WBAL-TV, Fox 45 Baltimore, The Cyberwire and more.



The Baltimore Business Journal – The message at Cyber Maryland? ‘We have to work together to better secure our nation’ – October 11, 2017

The Baltimore Business Journal (Subscription) – Why apprenticeships may trump degrees in cyber employment – October 12, 2017

The Baltimore Business Journal (Subscription) – What Maryland is doing to attract foreign cyber firms to the state – October 12, 2017 Baltimore – Maryland’s many government contractors could have a big role in creating cybersecurity startups – October 26, 2017

Insider MediaCyber Trade Mission Returns to USA – October 10, 2017

The Daily Record (Subscription) – Md. government and businesses urged to prepare for cyberattacks – October 11, 2017

Event Organizer, David Powell, Chief Financial Officer, Federal Business Council, Inc. receives proclamation from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
The Business – American trade mission highlights region’s cyber expertise – October 10, 2017

PR NewswireCybersecurity Leaders Set to Converge during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the 2017 CyberMaryland Conference – September 19, 2017

PR Newswire – Governor Hogan to Address Cybersecurity Professionals at 2017 CyberMaryland Conference – October 5, 2017


WBAL-TV BaltimoreGovernor Hogan touted Maryland’s cybersecurity efforts during the annual CyberMaryland Conference – October 11, 2017

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FOX 45 BaltimoreGovernor Hogan Speaks at CyberMaryland Conference – October 11, 2017

University of Maryland University College (UMUC)Diversity Panel  – October 11, 2017


The CyberWireRecap of select sessions – October 12, 2017


LinkedIn – CyberMaryland Conference 2017: Leading the Cyber Generation – Tomiko K EvansOctober 17, 2017

LinkedInCyberMaryland 2017 – Diana R. Logan – October 12, 2017

Midlands Engine CyberThe Midlands Grow Cyber State Side – October 19, 2017

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BALTIMORE, MD (October 24, 2016) – Seven different statewide cyber communities today announced the creation of CyberUSA, a new national platform for collaboration in economic development and innovation, and plans to expand the effort to include 30 states within the first year. The announcement was made Thursday, October 20th during a special session at the CyberMaryland 2016 Conference.

CyberUSA, will be chaired by Governor Tom Ridge, the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security and Chairman of Ridge Global. The group will coordinate public and private efforts across different states and communities to ensure American leadership in cybersecurity by shaping the education, innovation and policy landscapes at both the state and federal levels.

CyberUSA also will develop a national threat-sharing platform to enable different cyber communities to begin threat-sharing programs. The collected data can then be shared with other regions, and will be accumulated at the national level for working with federal leaders. CyberUSA will initially include CyberMaryland as well as existing cyber communities in California, Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Louisiana and Colorado.

Former US Commerce Undersecretary Phil Bond will serve as executive director of the group, while former Symantec government relations executive Adam Rak will serve as national policy director.

“It is imperative that American communities pull together on cybersecurity,” said Governor Ridge. “This is the new battlefront for both national security and economic security.  That’s why we need to organize better nationally to get our private sector working together to compare notes, share solutions, and identify threats.”

Bond explained that the new group’s mission will have three facets: programs and policies to spur innovation, education and economic development centered on cyber security; threat-sharing to increase security at the local and national levels; and bundled affinity programs, starting with cyber insurance.

“A national association of associations can help expedite best practices, share threat intelligence, and leverage buying power to help companies better manage cyber risk,” Bond added.

The seven core states (Maryland, California, Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Louisiana and Colorado) will comprise the CyberUSA board. The inaugural board also will include the University of Maryland, and will be open to leaders from industry, academia and government.

Federal programs such as the National Security Agency-sponsored NSA Day of Cyber and the National Initiative on Cyber Education led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are natural partners with the private sector, Bond said.
The project will be housed under a 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation for American Science and Technology, that was founded in 2014 by Bond, former Obama Cyber Adviser Howard Schmidt, and former Symantec executive Adam Rak.

CyberMaryland is widely recognized as being the first mover to form a state-based cyber community, built on the state’s mix of public and private cyber security leaders. Today, it is the largest such community and host of the largest industry annual gathering.

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10 Reasons Not to Miss CyberMaryland 2016


For the sixth year, the CyberMaryland Summit continues to offer a unique cyber security information sharing venue. Designed to bring together cyber technologists, job-seekers, educators, government and industry leaders, the two-day event was created to encourage cyber professionals to share their skills and expertise, network with other professionals from the region and beyond, and seek collaborative ways to address the most critical challenges facing the nation’s network security infrastructure.

Scheduled for October 20 and 21 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, CyberMaryland, a cyber conference, job fair, networking event and hall of fame dinner, will continue its mission to inform and educate hundreds of business, government and academic leaders.

Each year the conference attracts a host of cyber-savvy professionals. This year’s event is designed to inspire collaboration among network security professionals from across the US and abroad.

There are countless reasons not to miss the CyberMaryland Summit, but here’s our top 10:

  • Cyber-attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year. CyberMaryland brings together cyber leaders who are focused on addressing the most pressing issues facing network security and the protection of national and global government and industry infrastructures.
  • More than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and job postings are up 74% over the past five years. CyberMaryland does its part to expose the next generation of cyber leaders to job seekers at companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Delta Risk, DISA, General Dynamics and many others during the Cyber Job Fair scheduled for October 20 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Hilton Baltimore.
  • Maryland is the epicenter of cyber security. Within a 50-mile radius of the host venue is federal agencies, academic institutions and business organizations that are mission critical to network security. CyberMaryland is held in the region’s cyber innovation hub – the “Mecca” of network security expertise.
  • The tools and skills required to combat cyber threats continue to evolve. CyberMaryland offers several sessions designed to showcase new cyber technologies. For the second year, the conference will host the Cyber Defense Toolbox, a session designed to highlight cyber tools no organization should be without. The panel will include: OptioLabs, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), SparkCognition, Inc. (Austin, TX), Flashpoint (New York, NY), Portnox (US & Israel) and root9B (Colorado Springs, CO). Furthermore, attendees can learn about Watson, IBM’s new technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.
  • Speakers are set to tackle cyber topics critical to the detection, protection, derailment and recovery from cyber-crimes. CyberMaryland is composed of seven forums – Cyber Risk, Cyber Education, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Cyber Innovation, Insider Threats, Government Cyber Opportunities and Cyber Workforce – that are essential to educating the public about cyber security.
  • Every organization is at-risk, no matter the size. During the Cyber Risk Forum, attendees will learn about risk and vulnerabilities that threaten networks from all size organizations. No company or government agency is immune from cyber-crime.
  • Information sharing is key. The two-day conference is a platform for information sharing among key thought-leaders. This years’ roster of speakers include: Admiral Michael S. Rogers, US Navy, Commander, US Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief, Central Security Service (CSS); The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security and Executive Chairman and Co-founder, The Chertoff Group; John C. Inglis, Venture Partner, Paladin Capital Group, former Deputy Director, NSA and visiting professor in cyber security at the Center for Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy; Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN); Graham Holmes, Senior Director, Advanced Security Initiatives Group, Cisco Systems; and Dante Disparte, Founder and CEO, Risk Cooperative. In addition, cyber leaders from CrowdStrike, T. Rowe Price, Forcepoint, Sonatype, KEYW Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Cylance will present during the conference. To see the complete list of speakers, visit the website.
  • Network, network, network. The night before the conference starts, hundreds of cyber leaders will meet and mingle at the CyberTini Networking Event hosted by bwtech@UMBC. Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Center (Pier Five) in downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, attendees can connect with conference speakers and key cyber professionals.
  • Respect the Past, Protect the Future. The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet will be held October 20 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore. Attendees can witness the induction of seven cyber pioneers into the Hall of Fame.
  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and there is no better place to learn about cyber security than CyberMaryland 2016.

Registration is available. Government employees attend free.

For more information contact Michelle D. Jackson, CyberMaryland Agenda Architect and Owner/CEO of PR Solutions LLC Strategic Marketing & Corporate Event Planning,, 678-548-2461,

Global Cyber Leaders set to convene at 6th Annual CyberMaryland Summit


Annual conference, industry showcase, job fair and National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.

(Baltimore, Md. – Sept. 13, 2016) – Hundreds of cybersecurity industry leaders will gather in Baltimore for the sixth annual CyberMaryland Summit, showcasing the growing cyber industry and the issues and trends facing it. Held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, this summit comprises a multi-faceted conference, industry showcase, job fair and awards celebration. The CyberMaryland Summit is recognized as one of the region’s premier collaborative platforms for information sharing among cyber professionals in the industry, government and academic sectors.

Scheduled October 20 and 21 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, CyberMaryland 2016 will continue in the conference’s tradition of showcasing new cyber technologies, promoting cyber employment and celebrating the work of prominent cyber pioneers and next-generation leaders.

“We’ve seen a huge leap in the awareness of cyber security as a true business issue,” said David Powell, chairman of the CyberMaryland Summit Advisory Board. “From risk management, policy, threat sharing, training, legal issues and the commitment to develop the next generation’s cyber workforce, Maryland has a tremendous ecosystem for addressing these issues from all angles – from the server room to the board room.”

New this year, the conference will open its doors to cyber delegations from the United Kingdom and Israel as part of the countries’ effort to connect business and academic leaders to top US government and industry professionals.

“Maryland is a cybersecurity powerhouse,” said Col. Ken McCreedy, USA (Ret.), senior director of cyber and aerospace at the Maryland Department of Commerce. “With the federal government’s premier cyber-related agencies, an environment in which entrepreneurs and industry leaders alike can succeed, and an unrivaled community of researchers and educators, Maryland is the place to be for cyber. The CyberMaryland Summit brings many of these resources together under one roof, and we’re pleased to be part of it.”

Maryland, which is globally recognized as the epicenter for cybersecurity and a hub for innovative cyber technologies, has a long and prestigious history of being in the forefront of tackling network security challenges and maintaining a strong cyber ecosystem. CyberMaryland 2016 offers the community an opportunity to meet in a face-to-face environment, share priorities, develop relationships and collaborate in the work being done within the state’s borders and across the globe.

Among this year’s notable speakers:

  • Adm. Michael S. Rogers, US Navy, Commander, US Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief, Central Security Service (CSS);
  • The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security and Executive Chairman and Co-founder, The Chertoff Group;
  • John C. Inglis, Venture Partner, Paladin Capital Group, former Deputy Director, NSA and visiting professor in cyber security at the Center for Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy;
  • Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cylance, Inc.;
  • Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network(DoDIN);
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, CrowdStrike

The conference has also attracted cyber leaders from the Department of Homeland Security, T. Rowe Price, CyberPatriot, Risk Cooperative, SANS Institute, Forcepoint, US Army Research Laboratory, Sonatype, and KEYW Corporation.

“In today’s constantly evolving threat environment, cybersecurity continues to be one of the most critical issues facing governments, enterprises and individuals alike,” said Chertoff. “It is imperative that states and industry work in partnership to help create more resilient critical infrastructure and communities, reducing potential exposure and mitigating potential consequences. Maryland continues to demonstrate leadership in fostering innovative partnerships that can lead to new technologies, an educated workforce, and more cyber security professionals.”

CyberMaryland 2016 is comprised of the CyberMaryland Summit and Industry Showcase, the Cyber Job Fair, the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet and the CyberTini Networking event. The conference and industry showcase will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., October 20 – 21 at the Hilton Baltimore. The Cyber Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on October 20 at the same location. The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet will be held October 20 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore. The CyberTini Networking event will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Center (Pier Five) in downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For more information on all CyberMaryland Summit events visit,

The CyberMaryland 2016 includes seven forums designed for government contractors, business service providers, technology companies, entrepreneurs, policy makers and government agency officials. The forums include: Cyber Risk, Education, Workforce, Innovation, Threat Intelligence, Insider Threats, and Government Cyber Opportunities. Respected industry thought leaders will present workshops and panels on various topics. Scheduled sessions include: Top Cyber Concerns in the C-Suite, Restoring Data Integrity After a Destructive Malware or Ransomware Attack, and the Israel Innovation Exploration Roundtable. Additionally, for the second year, CyberMaryland will host the Cyber Defense Toolbox, a session designed to showcase technologies no cyber team should be without. This year’s panelists include technologists from OptioLabs, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), SparkCognition, Inc. (Austin, TX), Flashpoint (New York, NY), Portnox (US & Israel) and root9B (Colorado Springs, CO).

For information on becoming a CyberMaryland 2016 sponsor or exhibitor, contact Gabe Wollner at 240-841-2211 or CyberMaryland 2016 sponsors include Cisco Systems, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Deep Run Security, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Federal Business Council, Inc., University of Maryland University College, LifeJourney, Northrop Grumman, Convergence Technology Consulting and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Follow conference updates, including announced speakers and exhibitors, on Twitter @CyberMaryland and Facebook at


About The Cyber Maryland Summit

Launched in 2011, The CyberMaryland Summit is driven by a public-private partnership guided by a volunteer Industry Advisory Board consisting of business leaders, top educators, and public sector representatives. Timely and informative, the event provides an annual forum to unite private sector businesses, federal, state and local government, academia and the developing workforce.  The conference is supported and funded by over 100 private companies, educational institutions and government organizations. Now in its 6th year, the Conference will continue to address the security challenges facing our nation’s digital infrastructure, reinforce Maryland’s position as the epicenter of cybersecurity, and help fulfill Maryland’s responsibility to support America’s cybersecurity mission. The Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC has produced The CyberMaryland Summit from its inception, providing capital, personnel and expertise to launch and grow the program. More than 2,500 people participated in 2015.  For more information, call (240) 841-2201 or email Follow us on Twitter @CyberMaryland or LIKE us on Facebook at


About The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame

The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame is an organization that was created, and is being supported, by companies and organizations committed to recognizing the individuals who played a key role in the creation of the Cyber Security Industry. With a mission to respect the past and protect the future, the event highlights the major milestones in the industry’s 40-year history. The black-tie event is a celebration of cyber innovation attended by 300+ cyber leaders from across the country. Tickets are $250. To learn more visit,

 For more information, contact Michelle Jackson at 678-548-2461 or 240-841-2245.