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 Baltimore, bwtech@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 Systems, McAfee, Microsoft, RSA 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.
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