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Maryland Governor urges investment in cybersecurity education.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 03, 2011 - At NIST as part of workshop hosted by National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley called cybersecurity an "urgent priority" and emphasized government and private sector collaboration as necessary for investing in "the skills of our people" as well as creating new jobs. Governor also described state-wide cybersecurity initiative, started 3 years ago, and discussed several programs Maryland has implemented to improve cybersecurity education.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

Maryland Governor OMalley Urges Investment in Cybersecurity Education

Press release date: Sep 21, 2011

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley addressed several hundred educators, IT experts, and others at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday as part of a workshop hosted by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a national campaign coordinated by NIST.

Calling cybersecurity an "urgent priority," O'Malley emphasized the need for government and the private sector to work together to "invest in the skills of our people" and create new jobs in the cyber field. In part, he said job creation will depend on "how quickly we move good ideas from labs to the commercial sector."

O'Malley described a state-wide cybersecurity initiative begun three years ago that includes partnerships with Maryland-based federal labs such as NIST and the National Security Agency, enhanced technology transfer efforts, and expansion of the cybersecurity career pipeline. He also discussed several programs that the state of Maryland has implemented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), education at the college level and in career and technical education at the high school level to improve education in cybersecurity.

He noted that "a modern economy requires modern investment," and "the single most important investment is the investment in public education."