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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Republican committee Chairman Mike Rogers introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow the government to share classified information on potential cyberattacks with private businesses. The bipartisan bill aims to improve communication between the federal agencies that focus on cybersecurity, which have been wary of discussing intelligence information outside the government, and private companies, which have been reluctant to publicize attacks on their computer systems.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
When federal databases containing sensitive information on U.S. intelligence or nuclear weapons come under cyberattack, the agencies call on major companies like Lockheed Martin, Verizon and Booz Allen Hamilton - as well as a two-year-old startup in Federal Hill - to shore up defenses. Maddrix LLC is among seven companies to be the first ones accredited in a new National Security Agency vetting program. The firms use complex data analysis and digital forensics to root out invaders that are lurking or have left behind tracks during their intrusions.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
Howard Community College has received a national certification that not only highlights its information and cybersecurity programs but will also help provide its students an inside track for careers in the field, according to school officials. Two-year and four-year schools throughout the country received the certification last week, called the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education. It was established by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
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June 23, 2014
A recent editorial ( "Maryland's stagnant economy," June 12) and news article ( "A bumpy year for Maryland's economy," June 15) made some valid points about Maryland's economy but overlooked much of the work done in recent years to expand new and emerging pillars of the state's job base. The editorial suggested that Maryland pursue "a blended approach where a sector with enormous growth potential like cybersecurity … is cultivated not only by government-funded organizations like the National Security Agency at Fort Meade and Maryland's research universities but by fostering private investment and entrepreneurship, start-ups and business incubators.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2010
The University of Maryland Baltimore County said Monday it is partnering with Northrop Grumman Corp. to set up a cybersecurity incubator to lure startup businesses from all over the country to the campus. The campus' research arm will work with the large defense contractor to provide expertise to small startup companies that are offered scholarships to develop their technologies at the university. The companies will work at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park in Baltimore.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow businesses to share information with the federal government that could help thwart cybersecurity threats, despite concerns from privacy advocates and opposition from the White House. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Baltimore County, was approved 288-127 in the face of a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The measure would allow Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to share data with federal agencies about potential threats.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2010
Amid growing interest in cybersecurity, and with the new national Cyber Command located at Fort Meade, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has appointed a commission to look for economic development opportunities. Co-chairs of the 13-member commission will be Larry Cox, vice president of SAIC, the private cybersecurity firm in the county's Gateway Business Park, and Richard Roca, the recently retired head of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in southern Howard County. The other members are officials of other business or computer security firms in the area.
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June 3, 2013
The Baltimore Sun's editorial, "Fight cyber attacks, not privacy" (May 3) does readers a true disservice by perpetuating several myths about this critical issue. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is simple, allowing the American government and businesses to voluntarily share classified information on impending cyber threats before an attack occurs. The editorial clearly describes how China and other countries are robbing America blind, stealing valuable trade secrets and military technology.
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By Carrie Wells and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The University of Maryland, College Park suffered a second cyberattack on the heels of the recent theft of personal data for hundreds of thousands of students, staff and alumni, university officials announced Thursday. Ann G. Wylie, who chairs a newly formed task force on cybersecurity, wrote in a note to the campus community that the personal information of "one senior university official" had been compromised in a breach Saturday. Wylie said the breach was "unrelated" to last month's cyberattack, in which a database with the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and other information of nearly 300,000 was invaded by hackers.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2010
Several big investment banks advised Leonard E. Moodispaw that he shouldn't do it — but the CEO of KEYW Corp., a cybersecurity company in Hanover that's been in business for just two years, wouldn't listen. Restless and eager to expand quickly, Moodispaw took KEYW public last month — after canning the Wall Street naysayers who told him to wait for a more hospitable stock market. The company, with the help of smaller investment banks, raised $89 million on the day of its initial public offering.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
This year's winter weather is a mere dusting compared to the winter storm that college students are grappling with this weekend at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Eight teams of students are fending off a massive cyber attack in the midst of a storm more devastating than Maryland's blizzard of 1993, prompting the governor and president to declare states of emergency and deploy aid to residents. The scenario provides the backdrop for the teams competing Friday and Saturday at the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
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By Thomas V. Mike Miller and Michael E. Busch | March 24, 2014
Earlier this General Assembly session, we joined together to announce a transformational economic development commission, a part of a joint economic development agenda that builds on the strategic investments Gov. Martin O'Malley and the legislature have made over the past seven years. While many other states made drastic cuts during the economic recession, Governor O'Malley made the right decision to prioritize investments in our future workforce. Together, we increased funding for K-12 education throughout the recession; we froze and limited tuition growth over the past 6 years, leading to one of the smallest increases in tuition rates in the U.S.; and we targeted investments to burgeoning sectors of the economy, including biotechnology, research and development and nanotechnology in the form of tax credits and investment funds.
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By Carrie Wells and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The University of Maryland, College Park suffered a second cyberattack on the heels of the recent theft of personal data for hundreds of thousands of students, staff and alumni, university officials announced Thursday. Ann G. Wylie, who chairs a newly formed task force on cybersecurity, wrote in a note to the campus community that the personal information of "one senior university official" had been compromised in a breach Saturday. Wylie said the breach was "unrelated" to last month's cyberattack, in which a database with the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and other information of nearly 300,000 was invaded by hackers.
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By Mike Denison, Capital News Service | March 16, 2014
High-profile cyber attacks on organizations such as Target and Neiman Marcus have drawn increased attention to the cybersecurity industry - an industry that continues to thrive in Maryland, and specifically in Howard County. Local cybersecurity experts who aim to thwart hackers say they are always being challenged, and at times seem to work from a disadvantage. "We have to be right 100 percent of the time," said Jim Close, federal account manager for Sourcefire, a Columbia-based network security company acquired by Cisco in October.
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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 24, 2014
It was about nine months ago, during Howard County's Business Appreciation Week, that County Executive Ken Ulman learned Columbia-based AirPatrol Corporation was thinking about relocating. Ulman's reaction was immediate, said Guy Levy-Yurista, chief technology officer for AirPatrol. Officials said the county executive worked with the Howard County Economic Development Authority to present options and expressed his desire to keep the firm in county. "Ken Ulman truly stepped forward," Levy-Yurista said.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Democrats Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced Tuesday a joint effort to invest $24 million in building a national resource for businesses grappling with cybersecurity challenges. The federal, state and Montgomery County money will move and dramatically expand the existing 7,000 square-foot National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville to a new 65,000 square-foot space across town. With its new home, officials said the center could help more companies solve cybersecurity problems and serve as a larger incubator to help start-up technology companies grow.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Although thousands of people driving on Interstate 95 daily pass the big "SAIC" letters on a Columbia office building, few get inside to see a slice of one of the newest, fastest-growing fields: developing new techniques for blocking electronic attacks on U.S. defense and commercial interests. The ceremonial opening Monday of a Cyber Innovation Center at Science Applications International Corp. in Columbia's Gateway Business Park offered a brief glimpse. The firm employs about 500 people in the year-old building just west of the highway, according to Senior Vice President Larry Cox, but the national Cyber Command to be built at Fort Meade will occupy an estimated 5.8 million-square-foot complex, according to officials, making it a much larger presence and bringing far more new jobs to the area than the federal defense job transfers connected to the base relocation program will.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold plans to introduce legislation to the County Council this week that would authorize funding for the expansion of the Cyber Center at Anne Arundel Community College. The bill, which will be presented to the council Tuesday night, authorizes the community college to use $1.1 million of its fund balance from the fiscal year 2010 budget for the program's expansion. The county will reimburse the college by floating bonds in the 2012 fiscal year.
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By Freeman A. Hrabowski III | February 16, 2014
This article has been updated to reflect the correct field for visual arts professor Eric Smallwood.  Thirty years ago, U.S. colleges and universities awarded 37 percent of computer science bachelor's degrees to women. Today, when that number should be approaching 50 percent, it has actually been cut in half. Women in the United States now receive just 18 percent of computer science bachelor's degrees, and less than a quarter of professionals in computing are women. It's true that women in technology are increasingly well known.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park announced partnerships this week with a Silicon Valley-based startup to offer new online-only certificates in the fields of data science and cybersecurity. Though universities in the state, including Hopkins, have previously embraced online-only for-credit classes, the "specialization certificates" are a new experiment. Open to anyone starting this spring, the classes will be taught by professors at the colleges through Coursera, an education company founded by Stanford University professors in 2011.
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