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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, www.prsolutions123.com, 678-548-2461, mjackson@cybermarylandconference.com.

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.


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



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


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.