Governor Martin O’Malley Announces CyberMaryland 2014

 

By PRESS OFFICER
DB&ED 

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October 2014, Maryland will host CyberMaryland 2014, a multi-faceted conference, competition, cyber hiring event, and awards celebration designed to showcase industry innovations, connect military veterans with cybersecurity jobs, recognize cyber pioneers and groom the next generation of cyber experts. Scheduled October 29 and 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center, CyberMaryland 2014 will connect educators, innovators, employers, and students and further demonstrate the state’s leadership in cybersecurity and information technology. Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is the primary sponsor of CyberMaryland 2014.

“Here in Maryland, our investments in our 21st century digital infrastructure have helped strengthen the security of our nation, address emergent cybersecurity challenges, and pave the way to create more jobs,” said Governor O’Malley. “CyberMaryland 2014 brings together entrepreneurs and established leaders in cybersecurity and information assurance, colleges and universities, and our partners in federal, state and local government to showcase Maryland as the nation’s epicenter of cybersecurity.

First produced in 2011, the 4th annual CyberMaryland Conference will expand this year to a national forum. In addition to representatives from Maryland’s burgeoning cybersecurity sector, the conference will feature nationally-recognized speakers and panelists on cybersecurity and innovation.

Already confirmed as keynote speakers are:

• Maria Klawe, Ph.D., president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and an advocate for women in STEM education;

• Daniel Obodovski, co-author of The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things, and an expert in bringing connected devices and machine-to-machine technologies to market; and

• Lt. Jason Redman, USN (Ret.), author of The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL and founder and executive director of Wounded Wear, a non-profit that provides assistance to and advocates for wounded warriors.

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, will hold a “fireside chat” during the conference. Executives from top companies such as Microsoft, MITRE and CISCO will serve as moderators and panelists throughout the conference.

CyberMaryland 2014 will be anchored by the CyberMaryland Conference, the 4th annual Maryland Cyber Challenge (MDC3), the CyberMaryland Industry Showcase, and the ClearedJobs.Net Cyber Job Fair, all being held in the Baltimore Convention Center.

“This year, through the cybersecurity job fair, CyberMaryland 2014 will connect military personnel who have so honorably protected our nation’s security at home and abroad, with opportunities to protect our personal data and secure America’s virtual borders,” Gov. O’Malley said.

Launched in 2011, the Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3) features teams of high school, college and professional “cyber warriors” competing in a “Capture the Flag” competition for prizes, internships and cash awards. Like the inaugural event in 2011, which attracted more than 300 competitors in qualifying rounds, the 2014 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. MDC3 is a partnership between Leidos and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

The ClearedJobs.Net Cyber Job Fair, taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 29, will feature 22 employers including General Dynamics, HP, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and the National Security Agency. The event will include resumé reviews, security clearance briefings and a special session for military transitioning to the civilian workplace. There is no charge for job seekers to attend the job fair.

Cybersecurity companies, prime contractors, small businesses, financial organizations, and educational institutions will be featured in the CyberMaryland Industry Showcase, running concurrently with the conference sessions. For information on exhibit and sponsorship packages, visit www.CyberMaryland.org or contact Gabriel Wollner, 240-841-2211 or Gabriel@fbcinc.com.

About CyberMaryland

Launched by Governor Martin O’Malley 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 position as the epicenter of cybersecurity, and help the fulfill Maryland’s responsibility to support America’s cybersecurity mission while maximizing the benefits to and opportunities for Maryland. For additional information, visit www.ChooseMaryland.org.

 

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