Announcing the 2018 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Finalists

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The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. is proud to announce the finalists for the second annual Awards Celebration which 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. One winner from each category will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on March 27, 2018.

All finalists are automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award category, the public is invited to vote online to determine who will receive the coveted Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced by category sponsor Gula Tech Adventures at the March 27 Awards Celebration. Vote for your choice for the People’s Choice Award here.

Below are the top three finalists across each of the six Signature Award categories:

Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year Award – Presented by PSA Insurance & Financial Services
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 EZShield
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 South River Technologies
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.

Cybersecurity Diversity Award – Presented by Exelon Corporation
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.

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. See the complete list of nominees here. 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 March 21, 2018.
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 Greater Baltimore Committee

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



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