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Officials Boost Maryland Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which aims to create solutions to cybersecurity issues for corporations and consumers, is expanding in Maryland.

Maryland officials plan to expand a public-private cybersecurity technology partnership that will be located in Rockville. File|Patch
Maryland officials plan to expand a public-private cybersecurity technology partnership that will be located in Rockville. File|Patch

By LYLE KENDRICK

Capital News Service

Gov. Martin O’Malley and  U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., signed an agreement Tuesday with local officials to expand a public-private cybersecurity technology partnership that will be located in Rockville.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which aims to create solutions to cybersecurity issues for corporations, consumers and other entities, is currently on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove.

The center was established in 2012 and is heavily funded by the federal government with additional money by the state and local governments. The state and Montgomery county governments will each pay $4.5 million for the project.

Mikulski secured an additional $15 million from the federal government for the center.

“We want Maryland to be the epicenter for cybersecurity in the United States,” Mikulski said.

In addition to support from the federal, state and local governments, 18 companies, including Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard pledged hardware and software to help the center.

Officials said they hope the security facility will be a job center for the state and a place where the government can effectively interact with the cybersecurity industry.

“All of this growth in the cybersecurity field will need an educated workforce,” said Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institutes of Standard and Technology.

Mikulski said Maryland’s federal assets, community colleges, public university system and Johns Hopkins University are among the reasons Maryland would make a strong national center for cybersecurity.

Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, signed the agreement and said it is a highly important partnership for creating jobs in Montgomery County.

The signing comes after high-profile cybersecurity incidents, like last year’s cyberattack on the retailer Target. Hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers from the company’s servers, according to Target officials.  

Mikulski said hacks like the one on Target, as well as cybersecurity breaches on retailer Neiman Marcus and Michael’s, an arts store, are national disasters for the corporations and their credit holders.

“We have to protect dot com,” Mikulski said.

O’Malley said that civilization has worked to control land, water and air, and cybersecurity is the next domain the state plans to increase its investment in.

In addition to signing funding for the center, O’Malley has also proposed increasing the cybersecurity tax credit which are available for cyber start-up businesses from $3 million to $4 million for the next fiscal year.

Buzz Beeler February 19, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Let me get this straight. Target, Obama Care among others they can't get right and now they are going to protect the internet. Please explain that one!
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 08:42 AM
A recipe that is RIPE for corruption....follow this money ~~
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Mikulski stuck her flat political nose into the VA benefit arena, milking it for all the media attention she could get, boasting that she would help....bullcrap, I have had direct contact with her Annapolis office regarding VA benefits only to learn that she is not able to do ANYTHING except prolong the agony....she doesn't do what she says she will do..pretty simple. Pretty sure that she's washed up at this point.
Buck Harmon February 19, 2014 at 08:52 AM
"O’Malley said that civilization has worked to control land, water and air, and cybersecurity is the next domain the state plans to increase its investment in." This statement makes it sound like Omalley believes that the State should control the internet...the"dot com"...
Buzz Beeler February 19, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Let's see what she does on the Fort Howard issue. I believe that this entire deal a a fraud and if you study it the evidence is very clear. The VA violated their own guidelines to the point of pulling down most all of the documents concerning the project. The GAO took a look at these EUL's and issued a scathing report.
Buzz Beeler February 23, 2014 at 03:44 PM
It appears that Obama's National Security told some lies as this headline indicates: "Rice admits some Benghazi info false, but says she has no regrets" Here is the link to her fibs: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/23/susan-rice-no-regrets-her-not-100-percent-correct-/ Here is the link to the GAO's investigation into EUL's. Two investigators interviewed numerous people in the FH community. http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-11-00002-74.pdf It also seems that most people including Hispanics are sorry they voted for Obama: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/05/gallup-approval-for-obama-declined-most-among-hispanics-over-past-year/ A little research is always better than some gab.
Buck Harmon February 23, 2014 at 04:15 PM
You should graciously receive the education opportunities that Buzz so freely offers Dundalk Donnie...don't be the dumbo that you describe..

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