Baltimore cybersecurity trade group elects 2 to board | Mission Services plans $820K expansion to add 400 jobs | Survey examines cybersecurity concerns in IoT ecosystem
August 24, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
D.C. cybersecurity startups enjoy solid growth
Drawing upon the talents, skills and experience of former government professionals, cybersecurity startups in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., attracted venture capital investment in 31 deals last year, twice as many as in 2012, according to data analyzed by NVCA.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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Baltimore cybersecurity trade group elects 2 to board
The Baltimore-based Cybersecurity Association of Maryland has elected Silent Circle CEO Gregg Smith and EZShield Vice President of Technology Darrell Laffoon to its board. (8/18) 
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Health IT
Survey examines cybersecurity concerns in IoT ecosystem
Deloitte surveyed more than 370 professionals working in organizations operating in the medical device/internet of things ecosystem and found that 35.6% experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year. The greatest cybersecurity challenge, cited by 30% of respondents, was the identification and minimization of potential risks in connected and legacy devices, and other challenges cited included monitoring and handling cybersecurity incidents, incorporating vulnerability management into medical device design, and a lack of collaboration on managing cyberthreats.
Health IT Security (8/15) 
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FDA directors: User fee reauthorization will make a difference
FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks, Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Janet Woodcock say the reauthorization of user fees is "a compelling example of what can be achieved when FDA, industry, patients, Congress, and other stakeholders work together towards the same goal." The reauthorization bill, which was signed into law Friday, supports FDA activities related to medical product regulation and will enhance the agency's ability to incorporate the patient perspective in decision-making, the directors write.
FDA Voice blog (8/21),  Regulatory Focus (8/21) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
Montgomery County morphs into vaccine research hub
Companies in Montgomery County -- seven in Gaithersburg, six in Rockville and two in Bethesda -- that work wholly or partly on vaccines are contributing to the county's designation as a key global vaccine development area.
Montgomery County Sentinel (Md.) (8/17) 
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Biotech and Life Science
U. of Md. shock trauma physicians to receive AR training
U. of Md. shock trauma physicians to receive AR training
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Physicians at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore will receive augmented reality training using the Microsoft Hololens device, which provides real-time data on a head-mounted, hands-free display.
iMedicalApps (8/18) 
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Government Affairs
Trump elevates CyberCom operations
The US Cyber Command has been promoted to the Unified Combatant Command level to focus on cyberspace operations, according to a statement issued by President Donald Trump on Friday. CyberCom now will operate more independently from the National Security Agency, while the notion of splitting off CyberCom from NSA entirely is also being considered.
TechCrunch (8/18),  CyberScoop (8/18),  Capital Gazette (Annapolis, Md.) (8/18) 
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Md. congressman wants to revive "repatriation" talks for infrastructure funding
Md. congressman wants to revive "repatriation" talks for infrastructure funding
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Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., proposes to modify the tax code to allow corporations with money overseas to "repatriate" it back to the US, where taxes on it would be part of an infrastructure-spending plan. Delaney says he wants to start a repatriation conversation since the Trump administration has not submitted a formal infrastructure-funding proposal to Congress.
The Hill (8/21) 
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Talent and Capital
Md. firms team up on cybersecurity jobs platform
The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland is teaming up with Germantown-based SkillSmart to launch Maryland Cyber Jobs, an online platform that matches unfilled cybersecurity jobs with qualified workers. The platform uses a skills-based method tailored to each hiring employer. (8/23),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Baltimore (8/22) 
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