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REGIONAL CYBER GROUPS LAUNCH NEW ENTITY — CYBERUSA

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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.

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

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.

 

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.