Science Applications International Corporation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have announced plans for a statewide cyber competition and conference created to attract more students and young professionals to pursue cybersecurity careers.
Taking place Oct. 21-22, 2011, the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference (MDC3) aims to boost Maryland’s position as a cybersecurity leader. Founders of the event include SAIC, UMBC, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Tech Council of Maryland.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Maryland is poised to lead the way in cybersecurity, from its world-class facilities, federal agencies and military commands working with cybersecurity issues, to the expanding private sector and talented universities.
Larry Cox, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, said his company is “thrilled” to be a co-founder of the inaugural MDC3.
“This is an opportunity to attract students and young professionals to cyber-oriented degree programs and careers, expanding Maryland’s reach as a leader in cybersecurity innovation,” he said.