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i.Invest 2016 Winner, Beacon Health, Raises $225K in Pre-Seed Funding

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Founders, Shrenik Jain & Ravi Shah (center & right); Chief Data Scientist Satya Prateek Bommaraju (left)

In 2016, 19-year-old founder of Beacon Health, Shrenik Jain, took home the top prize from the i.Invest National Youth Business Competition with his mobile app designed to help people struggling with mental illness. Since winning the competition and being named the i.Invest 2016 Youth Business of the Year, Jain, Co-Founder Ravi Shah and Chief Data Scientist Satya Prateek Bommaraju, have diligently worked to transform their innovative idea into a successful health IT business.

Beacon Health’s mobile app has captured the attention of investors and customers from public and private sectors. The platform allows users to create an anonymous profile, search for the issue most relevant to them and instantly be connected with other Beacon Health members with similar mental health challenges as well as trained professionals. The platform offers anonymity and support by utilizing a natural language processing algorithm that can detect vulgar or malicious content and therefore prevent cyber bullying.

Since winning the i.Invest top prize which included $2,000 cash and a host of in-kind awards last October, the Beacon Health team has raised $225,000 in pre-seed funding. They will open a seed round with the goal of raising $600,000 in May-June. The ideal investors would be focused in healthcare and bring potential deployment sites in addition to capital.

The current backers include, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). NIH is mentoring the team in an effort to help them secure SBIR grants.

The Beacon Health staff has also grown. They currently have 10 employees, and are considering opening a second office in Boston, which will focus on research and development. They have signed 9 LOIs, some from major cities such as Denver and Nashville, to deploy their product once the pilots conclude.

Beacon Health’s app is live at several pilot sites, including Johns Hopkins University and Mindoula Health.

For more information on how to connect with Beacon Health email info@i-investcompetition.com or go to, http://www.beaconhealth.co/.

Congratulations, Shrenik, Ravi & Satya!

Media Recap: CyberMaryland Summit 2016

LogoColorTextBelow (2)PR Solutions Strategic Marketing & Corporate Event Planning Company wrapped up its work on the CyberMaryland Summit, a two-day cyber conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The event, which is in its sixth year, includes a cyber conference, job fair, industry showcase, networking event, and hall of fame dinner. PR Solutions has a strategic partnership with the event host, the Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC), an organization that provides meeting and conference support for the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, and Federal Civilian Agencies.

For the second year in a row, PR Solutions provided the following services for CyberMaryland: Strategic Planning, Agenda Architecture, Speaker Recruitment & Support, Event Marketing, Media Relations, Public Relations, and Social Media Management.

Among the 90+ speakers recruited to participate were several national and international cyber thought-leaders. To see a complete list visit here.

For over six months, PR Solutions worked with the team at FBC to create an informative event that attracted media coverage from C-SPAN, CNN, NBC, FOX and CBS local and Washington DC affiliates. In addition, print and on-line publication coverage were provided by The Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Cyberwire and several other local organizations.

MEDIA RECAP: CYBERMARYLAND 2016

National Security Agency and US Cyber Command Chief, Admiral Michael Roger’s keynote address held on Thursday, October 20th during the opening session of the event was a major draw that generated live coverage from national media outlets. Below are excerpts from C-SPAN’s coverage as provided on the network’s website and DoD News.

To see the complete keynote address on C-SPAN visit here.

PRINT & ON-LINE PUBLICATIONS

[Pictures Below: Admiral Michael Rogers, NSA/CSS & Chief, US Cyber Command; Gary Merry, CEO, Deep Run Security; Hamilton Turner, Senior Director of Research and Engineering, OptioLabs; Gregg Smith, CEO, OptioLabs; and, Marianne Bailey, Deputy Chief Information Officer, DoD]

The Washington Post – Cyber security conference beginning in Baltimore – October 20, 2016

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The Baltimore Sun – Experts: Network and data security should be a C-suite concern October 21, 2016

The Baltimore Sun – NSA chief: Cyber adds ‘whole other dimension’ to Russia’s attempts to manipulate U.S. affairs – October 21, 2016

Executive Gov –Adm. Michael Rogers: Human Capital is Biggest Cyber Challenge – October 21, 2016

The Baltimore Business Journal – NSA director: Cybersecurity talent pipeline remains top challenge – October 20, 2016

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The Baltimore Business Journal – Baltimore cybersecurity exec explains what caused the wave of attacks on Friday – October 21, 2016

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The Baltimore Business Journal – Why government agencies, cyber companies need to evolve to attract millennials – October 21, 2016 (Subscription needed)

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The Baltimore Business Journal – Cybersecurity degrees aren’t enough for today’s jobs, industry execs say – October 21, 2016 (Subscription needed)

The Business Desk.com –  Cyber security experts set to go Stateside – October 12, 2016

Defense.gov – Motivation, Talent Remain Strongest Elements of Network Defense – October 25, 2016

FederalNewsRadio.com – U.S. Cyber Command acquisition experiment begins broader cyber self-assessment – October 21, 2016

The Baltimore Business Journal – Want to make six figures? Local cyber salaries are expected to spike in 2017 – October 26, 2016

The Baltimore Sun- Millennials under-represented in federal workforce as a retirement boom looms – October 28, 2016

BLOG RECAPS

Ridge Global – Regional Cyber Groups Launch New Entity – CyberUSA – October 20, 2016

Delta Risk Blog – Sights and Sounds of CyberMaryland 2016 – October 22, 2016

Ray Longoria – CyberMaryland Conference 2016 Recap – October 22, 2016

CYBERWIRE

CyberWire has added the coverage to their Event Coverage page: https://thecyberwire.com/cw_events.html

Direct link to #CyberMD2016 coverage: https://thecyberwire.com/events/cybermaryland2016/cybermaryland2016-event-coverage.html

Admiral Rogers article: https://thecyberwire.com/events/cybermaryland2016/human-capital-and-cyber-security-keynote-by-nsa-admiral-rogers.html

Michael Chertoff article: https://thecyberwire.com/events/cybermaryland2016/the-attackers-advantage-and-pervasive-connectivity-remarks-by-michael-chertoff.html

Comments/notes from some of the companies CyberWire spoke with at the event: https://thecyberwire.com/events/cybermaryland2016/innovation-and-international-cooperation-notes-from-cybermaryland-2016.html

Podcast Coverage:

On 10/20/16, CyberWire featured Tom Sadowski when their podcasted from the event: https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-10-20.html

On 10/21/16, CyberWire shared some advice from the Cyber Security Hall of Fame: https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-10-21.html

On 10/25/16, CyberWire caught up with Malcom Harkins of Cylance at the event and featured him this day: https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-10-25.html

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CyberMaryland Panel: Shedding Light on the Dark Web, Threat Intelligence Enabled Workforce – October 28, 2016

Special thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, media representatives, and special guests who dedicated their time and expertise to making the event a success. Congratulations to the FBC team.

This document will be updated weekly with newly released coverage.

To learn more about PR Solutions’ services call Michelle Jackson, CEO at 678-548-2461 or email jacksonmichelle24@gmail.com.

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

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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, Code.org 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, https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/default.aspx.

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 Gabriel@fbcinc.com. 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 http://www.facebook.com/theCyberMD.

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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 http://www.fbcinc.com) 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 lindsay@fbcinc.com. Follow us on Twitter @CyberMaryland or LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theCyberMD.

 

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, https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/hof.aspx.

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

 

Johns Hopkins Engineering Students Develop Virtual Hand, Wrist Physical Therapy Software

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Group photo (from left to right): Adam Polevoy, Parth Singh, Rahul Yerrabelli, Himanshu Dashora. Single photo: Benjamin Pikus

Rahul Yerrabelli, 18, Benjamin Pikus, 18, Himanshu Dashora, 18, Parth Singh, 19, and Adam Polevoy,19, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, are one of the teams participating in this year’s i.Invest Competition. Each of these young men are studying Biomedical Engineering, and were eager to solve one of the many issues facing the medical community with their company, MoTrack Therapy.

Tell us a little about your business.

MoTrack is a virtual reality software that has completely revolutionized the way that patients can receive physical therapy for hand and wrist injuries. Using the Leap Motion hardware and a webcam, MoTrack can track and interpret movements made by the patient’s hand and wrist. The patient can therefore complete physical therapy exercises at home and receive feedback on ways to improve in real-time. Because the exercises are designed to be more interactive and entertaining than traditional physical therapy, it is expected that MoTrack will have a higher rate of patient compliance to the regimen.

What inspired the creation of MoTrack?

After a friend suffered a serious wrist injury from playing cricket, these young men were surprised to see the intensive, time-consuming therapy that was needed to treat his injury. Years later, they participated in a weekend-long hackathon, MedHacks, where they were asked to use various gadgets to create a new medical invention. One of these gadgets happened to be a hand-tracking sensor used to track movements in virtual reality gaming. After putting their heads together and brainstorming, MoTrack was born.

What challenges will MoTrack face?

There are a few competitors in the same industry. However, MoTrack has the competitive edge when it comes to size and portability of the device. Furthermore, the current competitors are either focused in the European market or focused in general body therapy as opposed to hand therapy. In order to be successful, MoTrack will need to focus on educating consumers about the benefits of choosing MoTrack over other forms of therapy.

How will MoTrack impact the world?

Hand and wrist therapy is not only time-consuming, but costly and inconvenient as well. With MoTrack, patients will no longer have to schedule multiple appointments and travel to medical professionals’ offices to receive treatment. Instead, they will be able to do recommended exercises in the comfort of their own home while still receiving feedback about their progress and how they can improve. The cost of MoTrack therapy is far less than the cost of an in-office physical therapy appointment, so this software allows people of all income levels to receive the care that they need.

What are the next steps for MoTrack?

MoTrack has received $10,000 in non-dilutive funding from the Johns Hopkins University Ralph O’Connor Fund as well as an additional $300 from a Johns Hopkins University DMC grant. MoTrack hopes to secure another $50,000 from investors to cover the costs of patenting, running clinical trials and launching a large-scale marketing campaign.

To stay abreast of MoTrack’s progress in the i.Invest competition, visit www.i-investcompetition.com and register for the i.Invest newsletter. Also, to provide support as a mentor or investor, please email info@i-investcompetition.com.

Good luck, Rahul, Benjamin, Himanshu, Parth and Adam!

 

 

Fifth Annual CyberMaryland Conference Provides Platform for Information Sharing Amongst Top Cyber Leaders — FULL TEXT

Fifth annual conference, competition, job fair and Cyber Hall of Fame Dinner to be held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.

August 17, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) – During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, Maryland will host CyberMaryland 2015, a multi-faceted conference, competition, job fair and awards celebration. The event, recognized as a catalyst for information sharing amongst public and private cyber professionals, showcases industry innovation, promotes cyber employment opportunities and recognizes cyber pioneers and next generation leaders.

Scheduled October 28 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, CyberMaryland 2015 will connect innovators, educators, employers and students in cybersecurity and information technology. The event demonstrates the state’s leadership in the industry.

“Maryland is very pleased to again play host to the CyberMaryland Conference,” said Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). “Founded in 2011 by DBED, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Leidos (formerly SAIC), the CyberMaryland Conference has historically brought together the brightest minds, the most innovative solutions, and the most advanced technologies to address the critical cybersecurity issues facing our nation. Organized this year by the Federal Business Council, the conference continues as a national forum that showcases Maryland’s unique attributes and accomplishments as the epicenter of cybersecurity.”

The fifth annual CyberMaryland Conference will include panels, speakers, exhibitors and new this year, the Cyber Shark Tank. During this event, select cybersecurity early-stage companies will pitch before investor “sharks” for venture capital dollars.

Among the notable speakers will be Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland – Baltimore County; Andy William, Cyber Envoy UKTI Defence & Security Organization, British Embassy; Robert Bigman, former Central Intelligence Agency, Chief Information Security Officer; Guy Filippelli, President & CEO, Red Owl Analytics; Lynne Clark, Chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, National Security Agency and Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer, Facebook. Stamos will be the keynote speaker at the Cyber Hall of Fame Dinner. Chief Information Security Officers from Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, Johns Hopkins University, Marriott International, Exelon Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation will be participating in various panel discussions. The conference has also attracted cyber industry leaders from Rapid7, Damballa, Tanium, Tenable Network Security, NowSecure, Terbium Labs, CyberPoint International, Symantec, TeleCommunication Systems and Good Harbor Security Risk Management.

“The world of cyber touches everything from mobile devices to the power grid. We must make sure networks are protected from hackers and critical infrastructures are safeguarded from cyber criminals. This is an invaluable investment in our future,” said Ed Goetz, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Exelon Corporation. “Exelon is committed to ensuring these investments are made in Maryland and beyond.  CyberMaryland provides a platform for information sharing amongst top cyber leaders. We are excited to support the effort and to help keep cybersecurity a top-of-mind issue for this country.”

CyberMaryland 2015 is comprised of the CyberMaryland Conference and Industry Showcase, the annual Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition, the Cyber Job Fair, the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet and new this year, bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator will host a CyberTini Networking Event. The conference, industry showcase and competition will be held from 8 am – 5 pm, October 28 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Cyber Job Fair will be held from 11 am – 3 pm on October 28th at the same location. The CyberTini Networking event will take place at the conclusion of day one at the Columbus Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet will be held Thursday, October 29th from 6 pm – 10 pm at the Four Seasons – Baltimore. For more information on all CyberMaryland events visit, https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/about.aspx.

“The unique combination of government agencies focused on the cyber mission, combined with an incredibly skilled workforce, excellent academic institutions, technology development, policy development, risk management, thought leadership, and business opportunity all work together in Maryland,” said David Powell of the Federal Business Council, Co-Chair of the CyberMaryland Conference. “Our cyber community is dynamic, growing and unlike anywhere else in the world. CyberMaryland is where our ecosystem comes together.”

The CyberMaryland Conference includes five tracks designed for government contractors, business service providers, technology companies, entrepreneurs, policy makers and government agency officials. The tracks include: Cyber Risk, Cyber Education and Workforce, Cyber Innovation, Cyber Investment & Emerging Opportunities and Securing Cyber’s Future. An industry showcase featuring 100+ exhibits and demonstrations will run concurrent to the sessions. Respected industry thought leaders will present workshops and panels on various topics. Scheduled sessions include: Cybersecurity Post OPM Breach; The Evolution of Security Innovation and What is Next; Exploring Maryland’s Core Competencies in the Generation of New Cybersecurity-related Intellectual Property and Top Cyber Concerns in the C-Suite.

A featured activity of CyberMaryland 2015 is the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition. Launched in 2011, the Challenge features teams of high school, college and professional “cyber warriors” who compete in a “Capture the Flag” competition for prizes, internships and cash awards funded by the National Security Agency (NSA).  Sponsored by Leidos and supported by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the event teaches participants the skills necessary to secure systems and defend against adversaries on an escalating basis.

“It is imperative that we host challenges like these to hone cybersecurity skills and build the talent pipeline needed to protect our nation’s intellectual property, sensitive information, and critical infrastructure from global cybersecurity threats,” said Michael Leiter, Leidos senior vice president for business development and strategy and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. “We’re incredibly proud to continue to offer the Leidos CyberNEXS™ training, exercise and certification system platform for the competition.”  Participant and sponsor information can be accessed at https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/cyberchallenge.aspx.

CyberMaryland 2015 culminates Thursday, October 29 when 300+ industry leaders gather at the Four Season Hotel in Baltimore to celebrate information security pioneers and luminaries at the annual Cyber Security Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “CyberMaryland has grown into a world-class event,” said Tom Sadowski, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. “The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Awards event welcomes pioneers and leaders in the field from all over the world.  It is a great opportunity to celebrate innovation, success and the role Maryland has assumed as the epicenter of cyber.” Tickets are $250. To learn more visit, https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/hof.aspx.

For information on becoming a CyberMaryland 2015 sponsor or exhibitor, contact Gabe Wollner at 240-841-2211 or Gabriel@fbcinc.com. CyberMaryland 2015 sponsors include KeyW Corporation, CyberPoint International, Johns Hopkins University, Corporate Office Properties Trust, Whiteford Taylor Preston and many others.  Follow conference updates, including announced speakers and exhibitors, on Twitter @CyberMaryland and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theCyberMD.

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About The Cyber Maryland Conference

Launched in 2011, The Cyber Maryland Conference 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 5th 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 http://www.fbcinc.com) has produced The Cyber Maryland Conference from its inception, providing capital, personnel and expertise to launch and grow the program. More than 2,500 people participated in 2014.  For more information, call 240‐841‐2205 or email katie@fbcinc.com.  Follow us on Twitter @CyberMaryland or LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theCyberMD.

For more information contact:

Michelle D. Jackson

mjackson@cybermarylandconference.com

678-548-2461

Compete for Funding for your Cyber Startup at CyberMaryland 2015

CyberMaryland to host venture capital sessions to create funding opportunities for Early Stage and Emerging Growth Cyber Companies.

Annapolis, Maryland – The CyberMaryland Conference scheduled for October 28-29, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland will host two sessions focused on securing venture funding for startup and late stage cyber security companies.  The sessions will provide an opportunity for startups to connect directly with experienced cyber investors and will include two activities – the Cyber Shark Tank and the Cyber Investor Connection.

During the Cyber Shark Tank up to ten qualified early- stage companies will pitch before cyber investor “sharks” for cash prizes. Selected companies will present and receive feedback for 10-15 minutes from investors during a two-hour session on October 29th. To participate, companies must be in the seed or early stage, have an innovative cyber technology and a scalable business model. Judges will consist of venture capital and angel investors, bankers and serial entrepreneurs.

The Cyber Investor Connection, also scheduled for October 29th, will match growth-stage cyber companies with investors for one-on-one meetings. Participating investors will be interested in learning about innovative information security technologies and willing to provide, to select companies, opportunities to pitch before investment teams.
“We are excited to be able to connect venture capital and angel funding sources with leading cyber companies in the country at CyberMaryland,” said Rick Kohr, CEO, Evergreen Advisors and CyberMaryland’s Capital Markets, Venture Capital & Emerging Technology Advisory Committee Lead.   “Access to capital is a critical ingredient to building great companies – this venue provides access to some of the leading sources of growth capital in the nation.”

To apply for both events, early and growth cyber start-up companies should visit: https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdsharktank/submissions.aspx and complete the on-line applications on or before September 15th. Selected participants will be notified the first week of October. To register for the CyberMaryland Conference visit: https://www.fbcinc.com/e/cybermdconference/attendeereg.aspx

About CyberMaryland Conference
Launched in 2011, the two-day Cyber Maryland Conference 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 5th 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 www.fbcinc.com) has produced The Cyber Maryland Conference from its inception, providing capital, personnel and expertise to launch and grow the program. More than 2,500 people participated in 2014. For more information, call 240‐841‐2205 or email katie@fbcinc.com. Follow CyberMaryland on Twitter @CyberMaryland or LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theCyberMD.

About CyberMaryland Industry Advisory Board Committee Members & Chairs
The CyberMaryland Conference Industry Advisory Board is comprised of: Conference Co-Chairs, David Powell – Federal Business Council, Inc. and Larry Letow, Convergence Technologies; Economic Development & the Business of Cyber, Tom Sadowski – Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore; Capital Markets, Venture Capital & Emerging Technology, Rick Kohr – Evergreen Advisors; Cyber Education & Workforce Development, Rick Geritz – LifeJourney; National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, Larry Letow – Convergence Technologies; Maryland Cyber Challenge, Danielle Poblete – Leidos; CyberMaryland Showcase, Gabriel Wollner – Federal Business Council and Job Fair, Kathleen Smith – ClearedJobs.Net.

For more information contact Michelle Jackson at 678-548-2461 or mjackson@cybermarylandconference.com.

PR Solutions Tapped as Agenda Architect for CyberMaryland Conference 2015

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The Federal Business Council, Inc. has partnered with Pittsburgh-based PR Solutions LLC to develop the fifth annual CyberMaryland Conference agenda. The event, scheduled for October 28 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is a global gathering of cyber security entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials. The conference, which has attracted thousands of attendees over the years, provides a unique opportunity for Maryland to demonstrate its natural leadership in the fields of information technology and cyber security.

“The security and protection of data have become a vital part of our lives,” said Michelle Jackson, CEO of PR Solutions. “New threats are rapidly emerging and innovative tools for protecting our information are hitting the marketplace daily. Collaborative events like the CyberMaryland Conference play an important role in bringing public and private leaders together to help bridge the gap in information sharing.”

Jackson was the Agenda Coordinator for the event in 2013 on behalf of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and led the State’s international business competition for the last three years. Now, as a small business owner, she continues her relationship with Maryland’s business community.

“Maryland is a hub of cyber innovation,” said Jackson. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to starting the process of finding the best and brightest cyber-minds. My goal is to create an informative and educational event.” To do this, Jackson is working with the Federal Business Council to recruit speakers between now and June 15th. To be considered, complete the Call for Speakers proposal or email mjackson@cybermarylandconference.com.

To learn more about PR Solutions visit www.prsolutions123.com.

Baltimore-Area Motivational Speaker & Distinguished Toastmaster set to inspire Personal, Professional Growth at Up-Coming Seminar

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The courage to change your circumstances is the result of effective action and positive thinking. This is the overarching message Life Empowerment Coach Tonya Wilson and Toastmaster International Speaker Terrance Holmes will convey during their May 23rd “We Want to Change Your Shoes” Seminar at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland.

During the event, attendees will learn practical steps to improve their personal and professional life experiences. The topics will include:

  • Understanding your value stream: “The 3 C’s of Life”  
  • Recognizing “Turning Points” in life  
  • Knowing the strength of your “Circle of Support” 
  • The power of “Keeping Yourself Inspired”

Wilson, founder and president of True Power for Life Associates LLC, specializes in areas of personal growth, professional development and workforce training. Holmes, CEO of TWH Technologies LLC, is the recipient of the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, the highest honor bestowed on a Toastmaster member.

To attend see details below.

Event Details

“WE WANT TO CHANGE YOUR SHOES” EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR

Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

The Hotel At Arundel Preserve

7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard

Hanover, MD 21076

For additional information: 888-825-1289 or 443-746-3662 / www.truepowerforlife.com ~ info@truepowerforlife.com