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Lt. Gov. Brown Shares 'Cybersecurity' Vision for State at MACo

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown shared his vision this morning for fostering "jobs that could create the 21st century's Silicon Valley of cybersecurity" in Maryland.

Brown (D) spoke at the Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City on a panel devoted to the federal Base Realignment and Closure process, an issue on which the lieutenant governor has been heavily involved in recent years.

While BRAC is expected to create 60,000 new jobs in Maryland by 2015, Brown said the conversation needs to evolve toward leveraging military and other assets in the state to tap opportunities in the cybersecurity industry.

"Maryland is well-positioned to be the national leader for the emerging cybersecurity industry," Brown said in his prepared remarks. "We house many of the federal facilities most at risk of a cyber attack. We have one of the nation's most advanced, technical workforces. And we are one of very few states to have already begun significant work in the field."

Brown also plugged a planned higher education summit later this year that he said would include business leaders, county and local officials and representatives of some federal facilities located in Maryland.

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 12, 2009; 12:39 PM ET
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