The University of Maryland's Baltimore County campus bested nine other university teams to win the 2017 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio last weekend. The event, which involved 230 schools at the regional level, gives teams the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in defending systems against attacks by ethical hackers, while also building ties with top cybersecurity firms.
Access to top cybersecurity talent and the presence of key federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and National Security Agency are driving commercial office space demand in the D.C. metro area, particularly in Maryland and Virginia, CBRE executives said. "The infrastructure is heavily leaned towards the federal government and that infrastructure provides a few different things that nurture the cybersecurity sector," said CBRE's John Redeker.
The FDA and the medtech industry have taken measures including hiring cybersecurity experts and information-sharing initiatives to boost their defenses against potential hacking attacks targeting medical devices. The industry "has gone from general understanding of the issue, general participation to extreme awareness and participation in cybersecurity efforts," said Zach Rothstein, associate vice president at AdvaMed, who noted that no cases of device hacking leading to patient harm have been reported.
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers have found that two-thirds of cancer-causing cells are caused by flawed stem cell divisions. The study of 32 cancer types showed that environmental issues played a role in 29% of the cases, while heredity was cited in only 5% of the cells.
The Food and Drug Administration has notified Abbott Labs that it could face formal action if it fails to remedy a design flaw in some of its medical devices that could allow hackers to drain batteries and change settings. The FDA said in a letter that Abbott has 15 days to submit a plan for correcting the problems.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has approved legislation to provide tax incentives for job-creating manufacturing firms while touting a vast array of other laws passed during the recently finished legislative session. Hogan pointed to compromises with key Democratic lawmakers and said the new law will "incentivize and encourage manufacturers to create thousands of jobs in the areas of the state that need them the most."
The National Institute of Standards and Technology can improve its cybersecurity framework by providing more information on cyber supply chain risk management and addressing the lifecycle of assets such as devices, equipment, hardware and software, according to a letter sent by HIMSS to NIST Acting Director Kent Rochford. HIMSS also recommended measuring the progress of the framework and making insider threat management the focus of the framework's next iteration.
Maryland's status as a key cybersecurity hot spot is fueled by companies founded by entrepreneurs who honed their skills working for federal agencies. Those companies also rely on a large pool of talent generated from ex-employees of the National Security Agency and other agencies.
Tech workers in Maryland make almost twice as much as other employees, a CompTIA report states. The average salary for the state's 182,500 tech workers is more than $107,000, 87% higher than the average employee.
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