Announcing the 2019 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Finalists

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The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. and MD Cybersecurity Awards program Presenting Sponsors EZShield and Point3 Security are proud to announce the 2019 award finalists. One winner from each category will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on April 11, 2019 that will highlight the best and brightest of Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges represented by leaders in a variety of fields.

Here are the top three finalists in each of the Signature Award categories:

Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year Award – Presented by COPT
This award is presented to a Maryland company that has demonstrated exceptional innovation in the cybersecurity field with a technology designed to protect businesses and/or government entities from cyber threats, attack and/or damages. Our Cybersecurity Innovators are the champions of the cyber world and represent the crème de la crème of Maryland cybersecurity technology providers.

Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award – Presented by PNC Bank
This award is given to an exceptional Maryland cybersecurity services company that has succeeded in protecting businesses or government entities from cyber threats, attack and/or damages. Our Cybersecurity Defenders are the protectors of the digital realm and represent the gold standard of Maryland cybersecurity service providers.

Cybersecurity Company to Watch Award – Presented by Edwards Performance Solutions
This award spotlights an emerging Maryland company that provides a cybersecurity product or service, has displayed exceptional vision and demonstrated plans for exponential future growth. We anticipate great things from our Company to Watch in the future.

Cybersecurity Champion of the Year Award – Presented by Port Covington
This award honors an individual that has had a profoundly positive impact on Maryland’s cybersecurity community and gone above and beyond to support it. Winners of this award could be individuals who have: donated significant resources (time, expertise, technology and/ or funds) to support Maryland’s cybersecurity industry; been staunch advocates for the Maryland cybersecurity community; or created exceptional educational or internship programs to support cybersecurity career development. Our Cybersecurity Community Champions are the unsung heroes of Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

  • John LeitchPresident & CEO, Winquest Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Loyce Pailen, Collegiate Professor, Cybersecurity Technology, University Maryland University College
  • Tina Williams, President & CEO, Tcecure
    *finalists are listed alphbetically by last name

Cybersecurity Diversity Award – Presented by Exelon
This award recognizes a company or organization that has worked to make careers in the Maryland cybersecurity industry more accessible to underrepresented groups or underserved markets. This award could honor a trailblazing minority or woman-owned cybersecurity company in Maryland; an organization that supports underrepresented groups working to gain employment in the state’s cybersecurity industry; an academic institution that provides cybersecurity-related training or internships targeting underserved populations; a business that has demonstrated a commitment to a diverse workforce; or others.

Cyber Warrior Woman Award – Presented by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Saul 
This award honors a woman doing extraordinary or exemplary work in Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. Winners of this award could be individuals who have: mentored and inspired women in the cybersecurity industry or young women considering careers in the industry, donated significant resources (time, expertise, technology and/ or funds) to support Maryland’s cybersecurity industry; been staunch advocates for the Maryland cybersecurity community; or created exceptional educational or internship programs to support cybersecurity career development.

  • Diane M JanosekCommandant, National Cryptologic School, National Security Agency
  • Marie Weber, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
  • Tina WilliamsPresident & CEO, Tcecure
  • *finalists are listed alphabetically by last name

Cybersecurity Industry Resource Award – Presented by Winquest Engineering
This award celebrates a non-cybersecurity business, organization, academic institution or government agency that has significantly contributed to Maryland’s cybersecurity industry through its products, services or mission. This award is ideal for: organizations that provide access to funding for Maryland cybersecurity companies; government agencies that support the cybersecurity industry; legal firms with a cybersecurity practice; insurance companies offering cyber insurance; media entities that tell the stories of Maryland’s cybersecurity community or serve as a resource for businesses to understand how to be cyber secure; academic institutions with unique and/or state-of-the-art cybersecurity programs; non-profit organizations that support youth engagement in the cyber industry; and others.

Regional Awards
All nominees for Signature Awards categories are automatically be entered into the judging for the Regional Award for their respective participating county. The sponsor for each Regional award will create its own judging team, establish its own judging process and select its category winner to be announced at the Awards Celebration.  Winners will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on April 11, 2019.
Note: not all counties will be presenting awards as there may be no nominees in some counties or no sponsor to host and manage the award for some counties.

Best of Anne Arundel County -Sponsored by Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Best of Baltimore County – Sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Best of Baltimore City – Sponsored by Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Best of Carroll County Award – Sponsored by Carroll County Economic Development

Best of Frederick County Award – Sponsored by Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Best of Howard County Award – Sponsored by Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Best of Montgomery County Award – Sponsored by Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

 

All category finalists are automatically eligible for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by BBT. The public is invited to vote online to determine who will receive the coveted Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the April 11 Awards Celebration. Vote for your choice for the People’s Choice Award here.

 

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