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NCCOEOur increasingly connected world brings new opportunities for businesses, organizations and government agencies—along with new vulnerabilities. Fortunately, Maryland’s cybersecurity industry is leading the nation in developing products and services to defend against Internet threats.

With support from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and other sponsors, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will kick off its 2015 Speaker Series this month. Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, will address “Security in a Cyber World” on Jan. 14 at the Universities at Shady Grove, University of Maryland in Rockville.

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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.

Nigel LeBlanc

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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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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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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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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The fourth annual CyberMaryland Conference will return to the Baltimore Convention Center Oct. 29-30.

The conference, presented by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, has become one of the State’s premier cybersecurity gatherings, spotlighting the resources that have made Maryland the epicenter of this growing industry.

Conference highlights include nationally known speakers and entrepreneurs, panel discussions on commercialization and product ventures, flash talks and pitch forums, a career expo, a showcase of innovators and a Cyber Hall of Fame Banquet, among other events.

Details and registration information will be available at For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gabriel Wollner at

Watch how the 2013 CyberMaryland Conference promoted collaboration among industry leaders in the above video.

Demand for new cybersecurity products and technology is hotter than ever. Still, launching a cybersecurity company can be a challenge for even experienced entrepreneurs.

That’s where Catonsville-based bwtech@UMBC comes in. Of the 115 companies and research groups taking advantage of the business and technology park’s resources, nearly 50 of them are focused on some aspect of Internet safety or defense; an additional 32 companies are housed at the bwtech@UMBC’s Cyber Incubator.

According to Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtech@UMBC at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, cybersecurity is the park’s fastest growing industry focus. To assist participating entrepreneurs, the park and incubator provide educational resources, expert mentoring and an eager workforce of talented UMBC students. The park also facilitates industry partnerships and scholarships, including the Northrop Grumman Cync Program.

“The incubator is a great place to get to know the community in Maryland and have easy and quick access to resources,” Hemmerly said.

“In the community we have grown here—that has incubator companies, early-stage companies, as well as later-stage companies and government agencies involved in cybersecurity—there are a lot of partnership opportunities and opportunities for mentoring. It’s become a very engaged community where all the companies are working together,” she added.

Hemmerly also credits State resources, including tax credits, promotion and events, with contributing to Maryland’s cybersecurity growth.

Learn more about bwtech@UMBC  resources in the above video or online here.

Integrata Security is a rising star in Maryland’s cybersecurity community. Currently housed in the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, the startup has developed high-level threat detection and prevention for wireless networks through constant monitoring of all data and all channels.

CEO Mike Geppi founded the company with colleagues he met through the University of Maryland, College Park’s Robert H. Smith School of Business‘ Executive MBA program. While Integrata Security has its roots in Maryland, company leadership chose to stay in Maryland due to its abundant resources.

Integrata Security has taken advantage of assistance from and collaboration with TEDCO, Federal Laboratory ConsortiumNSAMaryland Department of Business and Economic Development and others.

“There’s a real sense of community here, between Baltimore and the D.C. Metro area, just a lot of resources. … For a cybersecurity startup, there’s really no other place that I can imagine us doing this,” Geppi said.

See the above video to hear more from Geppi on why his team chose Maryland to build their company.

A growing number of cybersecurity companies, from startups to industry trailblazers, are choosing to build their brands in Maryland.

Jeffrey Wells, Executive Director of Cyber Development with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, explains why in the above video.

Wells cites a number of unique benefits to launching a cybersecurity company within Maryland’s borders, including the following:

  • Advanced technology
  • Research facilities
  • Federal agencies and military commands
  • Academic institutions
  • Trained workforce

Financial assistance is also available through the Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit and other State and federal incentives.

For more information on the State’s efforts to stimulate the cybersecurity industry, visit CyberMaryland.

RedOwl Analytics was named Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2014 in the Innovation Sandbox program.

RedOwl Analytics was named Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2014 in the Innovation Sandbox program. Photo courtesy RSA

Maryland’s RedOwl Analytics was named the “Most Innovative Company” in the Innovation Sandbox program at RSA Conference 2014 this week in San Francisco.

Innovation Sandbox is one of the information security conference’s most prestigious programs for young cybersecurity companies. The Baltimore-based business was chosen from among ten finalists from across the nation to compete for the ”Most Innovative Company” title. Each company performed product demonstrations before a panel of industry experts.

RedOwl Analytics’ flagship product, Reveal, is a software application that uses computing, statistics and visualizations to help organizations detect patterns, anomalies and hidden risks in their data.

After accepting the award, RedOwl Analytics CEO Guy Filippelli told, “We’re really excited to see that people appreciate the human layer of security … We were fortunate to be a part of a great group of companies. We’re really blown away.”

This isn’t the first time RedOwl Analytics has been in the spotlight.

In spring 2013, the company won the top $100,000 prize for information technology in the inaugural InvestMaryland Challenge, a business competition by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. The company, which was founded in December 2011, has also made news for participating in strategic partnerships and attracting venture capital investments.

RedOwl Analytics is one of more than 20 Maryland companies showing at this year’s RSA Conference. The State is represented by the CyberMaryland delegation, led by Jeffrey Wells, Director of Cyber Development within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

For instant updates of CyberMaryland events at the RSA Conference and Maryland cybersecurity companies, follow CyberMaryland on Facebook and on Twitter.

Maryland is showcasing some of most promising cybersecurity companies, government assets and educational institutions this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Known as the nation’s premier information security conference, it draws approximately 35,000 attendees and hundreds of the world’s leading cybersecurity innovators.

Among conference exhibitors is CyberMaryland, which represents the State’s efforts to foster cybersecurity growth. The CyberMaryland delegation includes the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Venture Fund, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimorebwtech@UMBC incubator, county representatives from Anne Arundel, Montgomery County, Prince George’s and the Howard County Economic Development Authority, and Maryland’s “cyber warriors.”

CyberMaryland’s presence at the RSA Conference comes on the heels of a new agreement signed by State, federal and local officials and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Martin O’Malley and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and  celebrated the agreement, which defines the technology transfer activities and other responsibilities of each partner. The agreement also facilitates moving the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to a renovated 65,000-square-foot building in Rockville, owned by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. Twenty companies, including Cisco SystemsMcAfeeMicrosoftRSA and Symantec, have agreed to provide hardware, software and assistance to the center as part of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence partnership.

According to Governor O’Malley, the center’s expansion marks another example of the State’s trailblazing efforts in cyber defense.

“For most of our civilization, we’ve been trying to figure out how to secure the air and the land and the water, more recently space, and now there is a fifth domain, the cyber domain. … What we need to make sure is that we capitalize on that security mission to create jobs and expand opportunities for Marylander and Maryland’s young people,” he said.

Senator Mikulski, who has long supported funding for cybersecurity projects within Maryland’s borders, also shared her enthusiasm for the center expansion.

“We want to do something about these cybersecurity threats to your personal identity, to your credit card security, to your records, be they financial records or medical records—that’s what we’re focusing on,” she said.

To follow CyberMaryland’s activities this week at the RSA Conference, like them Facebook and follow them on Twitter.


The second annual InvestMaryland Challenge is in full swing. If your business is in need of a jump start, check out this site for more information about the national business competition. The Challenge offers applicants free admission to networking events, social media promotion, scoring and feedback from judges, exposure to venture capital firms and angel investors and the chance to compete for more than $600,000 in prizes. Winners of the Life Sciences, IT, Cybersecurity and General Industry categories will each win $100,000 awards. Others will take home smaller grants, incubator space, consulting services and other cash and in-kind prizes. Applications are due by Dec. 6.

Judges include a distinguished lineup of industry leaders and experts in a variety of fields. Meet a selection of judges below.

Meet The Judges:



Robb Doub joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2003. Robb is the lead administrative partner and serves as a board director for eCoast Sales Solutions and Appfluent Technology, and is lead partner or board observer for K2 Global, Kroll Bond Ratings, Navtrak, Three Stage Media, CSA Medical and TidalTV. He also serves on the board of Egeen International and the Conflicts Advisory Board of the off-shore hedge funds.


Daphne Dufresne joined RLJ Equity Partners from Parish Capital Advisors, where she was a Venture Partner managing the direct investment and co-investment program. Formerly, Ms. Dufresne was a Principal at Weston Presidio Capital with $3.4 billion of assets under management. She also served as Associate Director in the Bank of Scotland’s Structured Finance Group. Ms. Dufresne received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Christy Williams Wyskiel is an entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. Previously, Christy was Managing Director at Maverick Capital, an equity hedge fund with $12 billion under management. She co-founded GrayBug, an ophthalmic drug-delivery company. In 2012, Christy joined the Johns Hopkins Alliance, a board charged with evaluating the commercial viability of research projects at JHU.


Frederick J. Ferrer has over three decades of experience in the National Security, Intelligence Community (IC), Homeland Defense and Cyber. Mr. Ferrer holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and serves in a number of leadership capacities, including the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence; National STEM Consortium Advisory Committee; and Chesapeake Regional Tech Council.


As the Executive Director and President of the Emerging Technology Center in Baltimore, Ms. Tillett is responsible for management of budgetary, administrative, programmatic functions and strategic planning. Prior to joining ETC, Ms. Tillett served as president and co-founder of Immersive 3D, LLC, a technology start-up providing web-based 3D computer gaming solutions for K-20 education and offering contract-based technology services.

See the full list of judges and submit your application on