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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

Technical.ly 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 Desk.com – 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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This article will be periodically updated.



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.

Phil Bond | phil@bond-associates.com| 202-827-4204
David Powell | dpowell@fbcinc.com | 240-841-2210

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.


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.


[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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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.

CyberMaryland Conference Opens 2015 Call for Speakers

Annapolis, Maryland – Speaking proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 CyberMaryland Conference, held October 28-29 in Baltimore, Maryland. This year’s theme, “Leading the Cyber Generation,” offers unparalleled opportunities that demonstrate how continuing development of cyber assets on the human and technological side will drive business and job growth.

CyberMaryland Conference seeks presenters with new ideas in the areas of cyber workforce development, threat intelligence, innovation, and policy. Case studies in cyber product integration, social applications, digital health and wireless technology security, big data analytics and intrusion software are highly valued. In addition to topics related to intrusion software, trends in anti-malware software and new data protection applications are sought.

The deadline for speaking proposals is June 15. Full information on CyberMaryland Conference programs along with instructions on how to submit speaking proposals is available here.

For more information about speaking opportunities contact Michelle D. Jackson at mjackson@cybermarylandconference.com.

About CyberMaryland Conference

Launched in 2011, The CyberMaryland Conference is driven by a public-­ private partnership guided by The Federal Business Council, Inc. and a volunteer industry advisory board consisting of business leaders,top educators, and public sector representatives. Timely and informative, this issue-­ driven event provides an annual forum to unite private sector businesses, federal, state and local government and academia. With more than 1,000 attendees and 100+ exhibitors, the Conference is supported and funded by over 100 private companies, educational institutions, and government organizations. For more information, please visit  www.thecybermarylandconference.com, call (800) 878-2940 x283 or email katie@fbcinc.com.

About The Federal Business Council, Inc.

The Federal Business Council, Inc. (FBC www.fbcinc.com) has produced the CyberMaryland Conference from its inception, providing capital, personnel, and expertise to launch and grow the program. Now in its’ 5th year, the Conference addresses the security challenges facing our nation’s digital infrastructure, reinforces Maryland’s position as the epicenter of cybersecurity, and help fulfill Maryland’s responsibility to support America’s cybersecurity mission while maximizing the benefits to and opportunities for Maryland.