From the Spring 2016 Issue

The Changing Tide of Enterprise IT

Author(s):

Tom Caldwell, Co-Founder/EVP, CyberFlow Analytics

The expansion of network-connected devices that has been dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT) has also brought about a sea change in enterprise information technology (IT). While this change has been occurring over several years, it is now accelerating, drawing increased attention and necessitating adjustment. Traditional enterprise IT shops are often separated into silos containing … Read more

From the Spring 2016 Issue

Reinforcing the Links to Strengthen the Chain: Vendor Risk Management

Author(s):

Jennifer Donaldson, CRISC, Senior Vendor Risk Analyst, FedEx Services

Kimberly Lofties, CRISC, Senior Vendor Risk Analyst, FedEx Services

Housekeeping, landscaping, tax preparation, and automobile services are all best left to the experts. Private individuals outsource because it saves time and money, and businesses do the same. The top reasons companies outsource are to lower operational and labor cost, and to focus on their core business functions.1 Outsourcing relieves the pressures of large monetary … Read more

From the Spring 2016 Issue

Maryland Cybersecurity: We Are Many, We Are One

Author(s):

Gina Palladino, Owner, Silver Tree Consulting, Inc.

Stacey Smith, Executive Director, Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.

“Maryland has effectively leveraged its existing assets, proximity to the federal government, and strong leadership both at the gubernatorial and congressional delegation level to brand itself as the ‘cybersecurity epicenter’ of the country.” A bit of cybersecurity history In 1903, magician and inventor Nevil Maskelyne disrupted John Ambrose Fleming’s public demonstration of Guglielmo Marconi’s supposedly … Read more

From the Winter 2016 Issue

The New Chief Information and Security Officer: A Disruptive Agent of Translation

Author(s):

Siobhan MacDermott, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP

Globalization and the Internet of Things have raised the business world’s connectedness to unprecedented levels. As a result of this always-on environment, consumers are demanding immediate and secure access to all kinds of information across multiple platforms and devices. Take that environment and the rapid digitization of information and we have a new world of … Read more

From the Winter 2016 Issue

Cutting through the Noise for Smarter Cybersecurity

Author(s):

James Jasinski, Vice President, Federal Business Development, Fortinet, Inc

Procurement can be challenging in any organization. Gathering requirements, assessing needs, determining the most cost-effective solutions, and finding reliable and trustworthy vendors can tax the savviest of IT organizations. Adding the layers of regulation faced by federal agencies and contractors only compounds procurement issues and decision-making difficulties. Five agencies in the Federal Government (DISA, NSA, … Read more

From the Winter 2016 Issue

EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

Author(s):

Robert Craig, Managing Director, Government Contracting Advisory Services, BDO USA

Shahryar Shaghaghi, National Leader of Technology Services, BDO USA

Amid the aftermath of troubling cybersecurity breaches at various government agencies—including the Office of Personnel Management— the United States government and Congress have pushed for a major increase in government focus and spending on cyber protection. Earlier this year, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched a 30-day Cybersecurity Sprint to assess … Read more

From the Winter 2016 Issue

Swipe Right for Cyber

Author(s):

Amanda Fortner, Managing Editor, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

It’s beginning to be a universally acknowledged truth that cybersecurity is a necessity for every organization, from top-secret government bureaus to local bars. Thanks to its harmonious convergence of government agencies, top-notch educational institutions and booming business development efforts, Maryland is uniquely positioned to succeed in the cybersecurity arena. All it needs is a little … Read more

From the Fall 2015 Issue

MARYLAND’S CYBER DNA

Author(s):

Tom Sadowski, President & CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

The Greater Baltimore region of Maryland has become one of the most densely concentrated cybersecurity markets in the world. There are more than 211,000 skilled professionals employed in this market, developing the latest in cyber-related technology and innovative commercial products.1 With nearly 20,000 cybersecurity jobs available, Baltimore comes in just slightly behind Palo Alto and … Read more