(Photo: Gov. Larry Hogan in London SOURCE: Facebook: Larry Hogan)
Orginal article written by Saliqa A. Khan, Digital Editor for WBALTV11
Hogan arrived on Wednesday morning as part of a week-long economic development and trade mission to Europe, where he is leading a delegation including representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce.
He said on his Facebook page that he “had the opportunity to tour the Houses of Parliament before meeting with cyber-industry leaders to strengthen Maryland’s status as the cyber-capital of the U.S.”
Parliament member James Morris, Midlands Engine Chairman Sir John Peace, Professor Keith Mayes of the Royal Holloway University of London, and U.S. Embassy Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs John Simmons joined Hogan for his address to business leaders.
In his remarks, the governor promoted Maryland’s unique position as a premier location for international cybersecurity companies seeking to establish or grow their presence in the United States, extolling the state’s highly-acclaimed skilled workforce and already robust cyber sector.
“When it comes to the rapidly growing cyber-security industry, Maryland is the cyber capital of America. Nearly all of the cyber-related federal government agencies and military installations in the United States are located in Maryland. We are home to a world-class academic community. We have the highest concentration of doctoral scientists and engineers in America, and we are second among all 50 states for concentration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics employment. Our state is home to 17 universities and colleges that are designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, which is more than any other state in the U.S.
“We are ranked as the most innovative state in America, and we are number one in the U.S. for the number of IT establishments. In addition, more than 1,200 private sector cybersecurity companies are located in Maryland, from industry giants to established and emerging companies.
“The primary goal of our trade mission in London is to showcase Maryland’s assets and to let potential investors know that our state is worthy of their attention and consideration for investment. We hope to forge more international partnerships around the world to expand our global footprint, and we would love to start with our great partners and friends in the U.K.,” Hogan said.
Hogan’s address followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding strengthening the relationship between Maryland, the center of research and innovation in cyber-security in the U.S., and the Midlands region, a premier cyber-security cluster in the United Kingdom.