Opportunities in Cybersecurity Grow in Montgomery County
The RSA Conference is considered the world’s leading information security conference, and the 27th annual event concluded last week in San Francisco. With 42,000 attendees, Montgomery County and MCEDC were well represented with a strong presence that included CEO & President, David Petr, Director of Business Recruitment, Spiros Balntas, CEcD, and Business Development Specialist, Robel Worku.
About the RSA Conference
Information is power. And where there’s power, there are people looking to steal it. And that’s what RSA is all about: bringing the smartest cyber people together to stand against cyberthreats around the world. The RSA Conference has become a go-to resource for exchanging ideas, learning about new trends and finding solutions to create a safer and more secure world.
The conference gave MCEDC and Montgomery County the opportunity to connect and showcase the many opportunities available in the cyber sector.
Share MoCo’s Assets and Connect with Maryland Partners: The conference provided a great forum to introduce companies outside of Montgomery County to the many assets within our 507 square miles including NIST and NCCoE. It enabled MCEDC to exchange ideas with key Maryland partners including Tom Sadowski Jr., the University System of Maryland’s Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and others.
To fulfill workforce needs, here are some key stats about the strength of Maryland’s higher education investment and workforce:
- In higher education, Maryland has made a significant investment in STEM education to reflect the needs of our highly technical businesses. The University of Maryland System (11 campuses + 3 regional campuses) produced 77,103 Bachelor’s Degrees and 37,505 Graduate Degrees between FY 2015 and 2017.
- Increasing STEM degrees at the baccalaureate level has been a key priority with the University System of Maryland. Since 2009, there has been a 91.5% increase in STEM degrees awarded by the University System.
- Maryland ranks second among the states in the percentage of professional and technical workers (27.2%) in the workforce.
- Maryland has the highest concentration of computer information and research scientists in the nation.
Reconnect with Existing Partners: MCEDC continues our collaboration with companies and partner organizations already in Montgomery County. RSA offered a chance to catch up with Fasoo, Leidos, NIST, Sepio Systems, SANS Institute, Ataata and CyberMaryland.
Make Multi-National Connections: We met with insightful CEOs and CTOs from companies including Sophos, Splunk, Trend Micro, and Layered Insight to present opportunities in Montgomery County. MCEDC connected with international companies and trade groups making their entry into the US cyber market.
Partner at a Roundtable Event: MCEDC and MITRE Corp co-sponsored a round table event at the conference featuring Montgomery County C-Suite leaders from Inky, KoolSpan, CyberRx, CrytoniteNXT and Atomic Mole. On the agenda? Addressing the important issues of IoT & Mobile Security, with moderator/leading NIST researcher, Tim Polk. A lively discussion and excellent participation from attendees.
Learn about New Technologies: The conference is a great space to get the most up-to-date information on today’s most pressing cyber topics. Among the interesting topics covered at RSA: Cyber law 2018, Is Data Ever Truly Secure?, and The Emergent Cloud Security Toolchain. We also explored the Innovation Sandbox, with a focus on start-ups creating cutting edge technology.