October 8, 2013 (Baltimore, MD) – Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick Murray today joined U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, former National Security Agency Deputy Director of Information Assurance Richard Schaeffer and KEYW Corp. CEO Len Moodispaw to kick off CyberMaryland 2013. Held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, CyberMaryland 2013 is a multi-faceted conference, competition, TECHEXPO cyber hiring event and awards celebration designed to showcase industry innovations, recognize cyber pioneers and groom the next generation of cyber experts. The event is running through tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 700 attendees. For information and a schedule, click here. Sponsoring CyberMaryland 2013 are DBED, Leidos (formerly SAIC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
“As we celebrate Cyber Awareness Month here in Maryland, we also celebrate the public, private and educational cyber stakeholders that have formed a critical mass in our State and made us the nation’s epicenter for cyber activities,” said Secretary Murray. “The CyberMaryland conference is an outstanding forum to share new ideas, exchange best practices and prepare the cyber warriors of the future for the challenges ahead.”
As part of his morning address, Secretary Murray announced that the State will begin accepting applications for the new Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit on December 9 and that companies can submit their registration online for credits on January 13, 2014. The program is funded at $3 million and offers a refundable tax credit to qualified Maryland cybersecurity companies. For more information and application forms, click here. In addition, the Secretary also announced that the State has formed a Cyber Fund, through the InvestMaryland program, that is dedicating $5 million to investing in Maryland cybersecurity companies. Investments will range from $100,000 to $500,000 to companies developing new products and architectures, with funding reserved for follow-on investments in promising companies.
Secretary Murray also introduced the State’s new cybersecurity Director Jeffrey Wells. His 25-year career includes advising the Department of Defense and Intelligence communities on emerging cyber trends and threats, serving as Chief of Operations and Lead Analyst for Nokia’s innovation arm, Innovent, as well as launching several start-ups. A Navy Reservist, Wells is a veteran of three tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle and served as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force.
First produced in 2011, the 3rd annual CyberMaryland conference casts an even wider net and includes panels, speakers and exhibits for both established and emerging cybersecurity professionals in academia, business, industry and government.
“Maryland has emerged as a leading center of cyber innovation in America,” said Robert R. Ackerman, Jr., Managing Director & Founder, Allegis Capital and a conference speaker. “CyberMaryland is the essential meeting point for the researchers, innovators, educators, customers and policy makers powering this vibrant and nationally vital technology center.”
CyberMaryland 2013 will be anchored by the CyberMaryland Conference, the 3rd Annual Maryland Cyber Challenge, the CyberMaryland Industry showcase and the 2nd National Cyber Security Hall of Fame awards banquet. The Baltimore Convention Center will be the site of the majority of activities, with the exception of the Hall of Fame celebration dinner, which will take place on October 9 at Hilton Baltimore from 6 to 10 pm.
New this year is the TECHEXPO Cyber Security Hiring Event, which will be held on October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 25 cybersecurity companies will participate and conduct face-to-face interviews with jobseekers.
A featured activity of CyberMaryland 2013 is the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3), which is a partnership between SAIC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Launched in 2011, the inaugural event attracted more than 300 high school, college and professional “cyber warriors” to qualifying rounds. The event culminated with 150 finalists participating in a “Capture the Flag” competition for NSA-funded student prizes, internships, and cash awards for professional teams. Like the inaugural event, the 2013 Maryland Cyber Challenge will feature a progressing series of online competition with final live rounds, using the fun of the competition to teach participants the skills necessary to secure systems and defend against adversaries on an escalating basis.
Launched in January 2010, the CyberMaryland initiative brings together federal, state and local government; private businesses; academia; and workforce to address challenges to the security of our nation’s digital infrastructure, reinforce Maryland’s leadership in cybersecurity and information technology, and help the fulfill its responsibility to support the nation’s cybersecurity mission while maximizing the benefits to and opportunities for Maryland. For more information, visit www.CyberMaryland.org or follow us on Twitter @CyberMaryland