Baltimore, MD, November 8, 2017 – Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Inc (CAMI) Founder & Chairman Art Jacoby announced the election of Gina Abate, President & CEO of woman-owned, Elkridge-based Edwards Performance Solutions, as his successor to lead the organization beginning January 1, 2018.
“Gina is an experienced CEO with exceptional growth leadership skills. We are delighted to have her lead CAMI in our quest to help our cybersecurity industry increase sales and bring tens of thousands of new jobs to Maryland,” said Art Jacoby.
Abate noted, “I’m honored and excited to build upon the successes and excellent foundation that have been achieved in just two short years. Maryland has an exceptional cybersecurity industry, and we want to do everything we can to facilitate sales and job creation.”
Abate was appointed President of Edwards Performance Solutions in 2013 and CEO in 2016. She led the company’s move into cybersecurity with the acquisition of Maryland-based Evolved Cyber Solutions. Prior to joining Edwards, Ms. Abate was a Vice President at NTT Data Federal Systems (formerly Keane Federal Systems) and BAE Systems. She has more than 25 years of proven leadership with broad executive, technical and business management experience in the Federal Government as both a Civil Servant and a commercial sector contractor. Abate holds a BA in History and Political Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Paralegal Masters Certificate from Southwest Texas State University.
“Gina is savvy and results-driven. We have great expectations for the future under her leadership, and I am excited to have a female at the helm of an organization in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Gina is a terrific role model for our younger generation of girls seeking cybersecurity careers,” states Stacey Smith, CAMI’s Executive Director.
Recent additions to CAMI’s Board of Directors include Keith Moulsdale, Partner and Co-chair of the Cyber Security, Information Management & Privacy practice at Whiteford Taylor & Preston, and Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland. Notes Smith, “We’ve got a hefty calendar of events, programs and marketing initiatives for 2018 designed to connect Maryland’s cybersecurity product and services providers with businesses and government entities that need cybersecurity solutions. I’m confident the Board leadership we have in place will ensure our success in growing our state’s cybersecurity industry and creating a more cyber secure business environment.”
For more information on CAMI, including an online directory of more than 350 Maryland cybesecurity companies, visit www.MDcyber.com.
About the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.
The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) is a statewide, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization formed in 2015 to identify Maryland’s cybersecurity product and service providers and facilitate the introduction of those providers to local, national and global businesses, government entities, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions seeking cybersecurity solutions. CAMI’s mission is to create a global cybersecurity marketplace in Maryland and generate thousands of high-pay jobs through the cybersecurity industry. CAMI hosts an online directory of hundreds of Maryland’s cybersecurity providers at www.MDcyber.com and publishes the state’s only annual Cybersecurity Buyer’s Guide.
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