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The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is looking to bridge the gap between Maryland’s booming cybersecurity industry and career-seeking veterans with help from a new Veteran Outreach Coordinator.

A 15-year member of the U.S. Air Force, Nigel LeBlanc has joined DBED’s Cyber Development team to connect veterans with public and private agency resources in the cybersecurity sector.

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Nigel LeBlanc, deployed to Afghanistan, with a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (UAV).

LeBlanc believes veterans have the skill set needed for the growing cyber workforce. “Veterans have the ethics, the knowledge of how to work in teams and how to operate very well under pressure. Veterans have the technical aptitude and the experience needed [to fill the workforce shortage],” he said.

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Drawing hundreds of professionals, students and public servants, the 2014 CyberMaryland Conference spotlighted Maryland as the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity.

“If we invest and if we connect and if we appreciate the tremendous opportunities out there in this new world, Maryland will lead the way,” said Governor Martin O’Malley during his keynote address during last week’s two-day conference.

Watch highlights from the conference in the above video.

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Image courtesy of the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Two Maryland companies are tapping new 3D manufacturing resources by partnering with local federal facilities.

Integrata Security and RPM Tech have each entered cooperative agreements through the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority (NMAMIA) to expand their 3D prototyping capabilities.

Integrata will be working with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to manufacture a new casing for a cybersecurity product. The partnership will allow the Baltimore-based security company to quickly create 3D-printed prototypes and enhance the overall quality of its products.

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Wells_JeffreyHave a question about Maryland’s cybersecurity industry? Looking for a job or funding for your startup? Are you unable to make it to this year’s CyberMaryland Conference?

Don’t worry — DBED’s Cyber Development team will be answering your questions throughout the two-day event, including a live Q&A session with Executive Director Jeffrey Wells.

Jeffrey will be tweeting live from the CyberMaryland booth on Wednesday, October 29th, from 11 – 11:30AM. Questions received after the Q&A session will be answered periodically during the event by members of the DBED cyber team.

To submit a question, visit our Twitter @MDBiz and tweet us using the hashtag #AskmdCyber.

Be sure to join in and follow along for other live updates from the CyberMaryland Conference with the hashtag #CYBERMD2014.

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Roughly two years ago, two friends from the University of Maryland, College Park set out to develop a new 3D printer, small, affordable and stylish enough to attract the average consumer.

Michael Armani and David Jones co-founded M3D and watched their vision rapidly materialize. Following extensive press coverage and a Kickstarter campaign that raised $3.4 million (well above its $50,000 goal), the company finalized its signature Micro Motion Technology, which powers the device.

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Find additional coverage, celebrating the State’s industrial heritage and today’s innovators, during Maryland Manufacturing Month.

Zentech Manufacturing is no stranger to the ever-changing manufacturing industry in Maryland. The contract electronics manufacturer formed in 1998 and settled its operations in Windsor Mill in Baltimore County, where it still resides today.

The company produces components, assemblies, and finished goods for its customers while supporting a wide range of industries in the State – including medical, military and defense, aerospace, broadband, and networking and telecommunications.

Zentech also provides high-speed and precise printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, helping operate nearly all types of electronic products on the market.

Take a look inside Zentech’s 42,000 square-foot facility in the above video.

PA industrial park Somerset County is expanding broadband service with help from a $65,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Lt. Governor Anthony Brown today announced.

The funding, provided by DBED’s Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF), will be used to install fiber optics throughout the Princess Anne Industrial Park.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will assist with the broadband expansion by contributing $137,000. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative will supervise the installation while providing labor, equipment, materials and testing throughout the park.

“Investments in broadband expansion translate into additional opportunities for Marylanders and continued economic growth,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We’re committed to making investments like this one a priority to ensure cyber infrastructure is in place and available to businesses and Maryland families in every part of our state.” Continue Reading…

Maryland, the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity, will host the fourth annual CyberMaryland Conference, Oct. 29-30, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Local, national and international entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials will gather to discuss the “business of cyber,” according to Jeffrey Wells, Executive Director of Cyber Development within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Find additional details and registration information here.

Startup Maryland's Pitch Across Maryland 2014 tour will kick off on Sept. 15 and continue through Oct. 3.

Startup Maryland’s Pitch Across Maryland 2014 tour will kick off on Sept. 15 and continue through Oct. 3.

Opportunity is knocking close to home for Maryland entrepreneurs. Startup Maryland’s Pitch Across Maryland 2014 tour will kick off on Sept. 15 and continue through Oct. 3 with stops across the State. In its third year, Startup Maryland is teaming up with the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) as a full-tour sponsor.

Pitch Across Maryland tour stops—from Hooper Island to Cumberland—bring information and resources directly to local entrepreneurs. Business mentors, industry leaders and active angel/VC investors provide coaching, guidance and support. On the tour bus, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business or plan in the UpStart Show video studio. Videos are then loaded onto YouTube where viewers can vote and share the pitches. The eight Best Ventures for High Growth Potential Finalists will be chosen to present at the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo on Nov. 12.

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Maryland is the nation's epicenter for cybersecurity.

Maryland is the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity.

Two Maryland cybersecurity companies are among a select group to have earned Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA) accreditation from the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD).

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions and Maddrix, LLC, a startup cybersecurity firm in Baltimore, earned the accreditation through an assessment in 21 focus areas, including protection of critical consumer information and defense against cyber attacks. Only seven companies nationwide have completed the program.

“Lockheed Martin was honored to be designated as one of the first participants in NSA’s cyber incident response initiative, which further reinforced our commitment to customers and our cyber posture delivering Intelligence Driven Defense,” Darrell Durst, vice president of Cyber Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, said in a statement. “We support the CyberMaryland program for its efforts with industry and government to enhance education and training programs, technology and innovation.”

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To date, more than 40 percent of Maryland’s sole proprietorship and general partnerships are filed through the Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal.

Licensing and registering your Maryland business just got even simpler. The State of Maryland has released an updated version of its popular Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal (CBL), NIC Maryland announced Wednesday.

“The portal is truly a ‘one-stop shop’ for conducting business in Maryland,” Governor Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “We’ve simplified the registration process to ensure that entrepreneurs can spend more time growing and running their businesses and less time sifting through paperwork.”

Governor O’Malley launched the CBL Portal in early 2013 as part of his Maryland Made Easy initiative. The system provides an online platform for registering a new business, creating legal entities, filing trade names and establishing state tax accounts. NIC Maryland developed the platform at no cost to the State through a self-funded e-government services contract.

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Maryland is the nation's epicenter for cybersecurity.

Maryland is the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity.

A new State-supported funding resource is now available to help bolster Maryland’s cybersecurity community. The Maryland Technology Development Corporation‘s (TEDCO) Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF) will provide investments of up to $100,000 to Maryland companies seeking to develop and commercialize new cybersecurity products, TEDCO announced this week.

Eligible companies may represent all facets of the cybersecurity industry. Products may include devices or software that address digital network protection and computer or critical infrastructure security. Applicants must employ fewer than 16 full-time employees must have received less than an aggregate of $500,000 in equity investments from sophisticated investors.

CIF investments are expected to lead to follow-on investment and job creation, according to TEDCO.

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