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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Cyber 7.0
Wednesday, June 22

7:45 am - 5:00 pm
JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center
Laurel, Maryland

Protecting Our Critical Infrastructure and The Internet of Things

Announcing A New Speaker:
D. Renee Tarun
Deputy Special Assistant to the Director, NSA, for Cyber
Deputy Chief for the National Security Agency's Cyber Task Force
Ms. Tarun will speak on
Critical Infrastructure Threat Perspectives

Watch the video to learn more about why you should be at Cyber 7.0
Come - experience the energy, insight and networking opportunities you will not find anywhere else.
All in one place, on one day -June 22 at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center.

Speakers from industry, government, small business, and researchwill delve into the future needs and targets of our nation's infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

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Member Salute to Col. Foley
June23, 2016

Of Interest

House Lawmakers to Pass Legislation With Focus on Small Cyber Firms
House lawmakers are expected to pass legislation this week to encourage theObamaadministration to engage more with small, startup cybersecurity firms, an effort supporters say could benefit Maryland's burgeoning cyber industry.
Maryland is home to an estimated 1,224 private cyber firms employing more than 10,000 people. The state Commerce Department estimated in 2014 that almost half of those firms employ fewer than 10 people.
The Republican proposals would give the Department of Homeland Security six months to develop a strategic plan to better engage "innovative and emerging technology" firms.
The bills would encourage the department to create satellite offices in areas where cyber firms are growing. And it would reauthorize through 2020 a research and development program at the department that is set to expire this year.MORE...
China Hacking Activity Down Sharply Since MId-2014, Researchers Say. But Still a Threat
Chinese government cyberespionage has decreased sharply since mid-2014, an apparent response to widespread exposure of the activity, U.S. indictments and thethreat of economic sanctionslast summer, according toa new
reportby FireEye, a cybersecurity firm.
It found that Chinese activity is markedly down overall - from more than 60 intrusions in February 2013 to a handful in April of this year. It also found that some activity has shifted away from the United States to targets in Asia, including Taiwan, India and Japan.However, despite this decline, FireEye predicts that China will almost certainly remain an aggressive cyber espionage actor going forward.MORE...
Potential Effects of Ransomware in Healthcare
In a recent string of attacks (Hollywood Presbyterian, MedStar Health, andFlint Hurley Medical Center) ransomware has become an increasing threat to healthcare providers, but little has been said about how it could impact patient safety.
When threat impacts are discussed in the healthcare industry, the conversation is usually quick to steer to medical devices, a top concern today. What's the potential impact to hospitals from ransomware attacks? Information is time-critical at hospitals, especially in the emergency rooms and operating rooms. If PCs stop functioning and there are delays in information access and information flow, it could cause substantial disruption, and could even cause patient safety concerns.More...

Government Contracting Opportunities

Contracting opportunities
Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and NASA issued a proposed rule to clarify that prospective government contractors must register with the System for Award Management (SAM)prior to submitting a proposal. A contractor cannot wait until the time of award to register. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division on or before July 19, 2016 in order to be considered in the formation of the final rule.
If a company is contemplating submitting a proposal for a contract to the federal government, the time to register the company with SAM1is now. SAM is an online portal where companies can register themselves in order to do business with the government.
Registering with SAM is a free and relatively straightforward process If a company is considering contracting with the federal government, it should also consider whether it wants to register with SAM now, rather than waiting until a rush to submit a proposal or, worse, attempting to register after proposals are due.

Learn more about other opportunities and review RFPs.
Get the latest information on Department of Defense contract awards, listed every week online

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