News & Events

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News

CAPT Ed Devinney, USN Donates Flag and Plaque to MISI at DreamPort

March 27, 2019 — Captain Ed Devinney, USN, generously presented a flag from the USS COLE and commemorative plaque to Karl Gumtow and the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute's DreamPort Facility on March 27th, 2019.

CAPT Ed Devinney, USN Donates Flag and Plaque to MISI at DreamPort

Read more at MISI.tech


DreamPort Hosts CEO Networking Event Sponsored by COPT

March 19, 2019 — DreamPort hosted a CEO Networking Event sponsored by COPT to provide the tech CEOs from the area information on MISI and the Dreamport mission. COPT invited many of their customers. Captain Ed Divinney made remarks on the concept behind Dreamport and the rapid pace of activity since its opening in December 2018.

DreamPort Hosts CEO Networking Event Sponsored by COPT


General Nakasone visits DreamPort

March 13, 2019 — General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service visited the DreamPort facility for a briefing.

General Paul M. Nakasone visits DreamPort


New DreamPort center bringing small business cyber help to federal sector

November 2, 2018 — U.S. Cyber Command tracks and confronts some of the most dire cybersecurity threats facing our country. But it needs a little help sometimes, so there is a new facility in Maryland dedicated to seeking private industry input on government cyber problems.

Read more at Baltimore Business Journal


An innovative partnership could help Cyber Command fight malware

October 26, 2018 — A new public-private partnership recently concluded its first hackathon-type rapid prototype event to help discover new techniques or tools that can be applied to problems or challenges facing U.S. Cyber Command.

Read more at Fifth Domain


Cyber Command partners for a cyber prototyping environment

September 7, 2018 — U.S. Cyber Command is standing up a cyber version of SOFWERX, the public-private partnership run through Special Operations Command to foster greater innovation for rapid solutions.

DreamPort, run by the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute through a partnership intermediary agreement with Cyber Command, is described as a state-of-the-art facility where companies can bring in their capabilities to be worked on.

Read more at Fifth Domain


Cybersecurity Innovator Selects COPT's Columbia Gateway for Headquarters Location

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corporate Office Properties Trust ("COPT" or the "Company") (NYSE: OFC) has executed an 18,000 square foot lease with The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute ("MISI") in the Columbia Gateway Business & Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland.

Read more at Business Wire


Columbia innovation center will work with Cyber Command on new technology

June 19, 2018 — A Baltimore-based nonprofit is working with U.S. Cyber Command to bring business, government and academic leaders together to work on new technology.

Read more at Technical.ly Baltimore


USCYBERCOM Awards Cyber Innovation Contract to MISI

Baltimore, MD, June 12, 2018 — The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI) has been awarded a five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) by United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to innovate new technologies in an unclassified, state-of-the-art facility located in Columbia, MD.

As part of the PIA, MISI will engage small businesses, entrepreneurs, academia, traditional businesses and others to build an innovation, collaboration, and prototyping facility called DreamPort. This facility will foster collaboration and prototyping in highly configurable laboratories, co-working spaces, project rooms, and conference facilities. Once established, the DreamPort will host collaborative, technical interchange meetings, monthly rapid prototyping events, and provide daily access to their cutting-edge facilities. The DreamPort will also host two STEM events annually to inspire future cyber warriors and defenders.

MISI will also assemble a network of cyber organizations and professionals referred to as the Partnership Network, and deliver an information portal, DreamFinder. The synergism of the DreamPort, Partnership Network, and DreamFinder will accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions to USCYBERCOM.

"We are honored to establish and operate this USCYBERCOM innovation facility," said Karl Gumtow, the MISI Director, "I am most excited about accessing the innovative solutions created when small businesses and academia are engaged, even though these are not normally used in US Government solutions. The community doesn't have to wait until the physical facility is completed to engage. They can go to our website and sign-up to learn more about the DreamPort as well as register to be a cyber-subject matter expert for upcoming collaboration and prototyping events."

MISI's startup partners include several community innovators such as SINET, FBC, CyberPoint, the Johns Hopkins University, University System of Maryland, and the George Washington University.

Learn more about the DreamPort at dreamport.tech or contact Karl Gumtow at kgumtow@misi.tech.

About the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute

MISI is a non-profit formed exclusively to further and promote charitable, educational, and scientific purposes including, but not limited to, furthering innovation in cybersecurity through education, global technology partnerships, investment, and community engagement to create a collaborative network of subject matter experts and cyber professionals. To learn more, visit misi.tech.

Upcoming Events

Coffee & Conversation
Our next DreamPort Coffee and Conversation event will be Monday, May 13th and May 27th next month. This event is held every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7 – 10am (barring holidays), nd is a great way to interact with DreamPort and USCYBERCOM staff, as well as to network with your colleagues! The format is free-flowing conversation, with no formal presentations. As always, there is no need to register. We hope to see you there!

You can see the following events and more on our calendar.

RPE-005: The Chameleons and the Snakes
In September 2018 we conducted RPE-001 titled 'The Chameleon and the Snake'. While we were very excited to put on this event, as our first RPE it only focused on Windows tools and techniques for signature measurement and diversity. The online world does not take place on Microsoft Windows alone. Defenders must integrate, support and protect other operating systems and hardware on today's networks and so will we. On May 21 - 23, we are going to conduct a similar RPE where we pit offense versus defense but extend out the possible targets to include Linux and Android.

We reserve the right to include iOS and OS X samples with time permitting. This means that the malware samples to alter may include scripted code such as Python. Read more here.

DreamPort Challenge Problems Panel 2
This is the second of two panels later this month to hear your ideas, solutions to the latest Challenge Problems. Have a solution, a tech talk, demonstration, or an idea? Then please register and bring it to the panel on April 24 from 9-11am! Note: These are a repeat of the same panel, so you only need to register for one. Register.

Threat Hunting with Elastic Stack
Join us for some hands-on workshops with Elastic experts. You'll practice using the Elastic Stack to create stunning visualizations, hunting for security threats, and using machine learning features to identify anomalies in your security data. From learning how to write simple queries and create impactful Kibana visualizations to participating in a guided hunt to master threat hunting best practices, you'll leave with new insights into how you can leverage Elastic tools to hone your security practices. This is a BYOD event. It will be held on April 26, 2019 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the DreamPort facility in Columbia, MD. Food and drink are provided. There is no charge for this event. Read more here.

Completed Events

Tech Talk Series: The Importance of Building Your Zero Trust Program on a Solid Platform
Kevin McPeak is Symantec's Principal Cyber Architect for the US Federal Government will discuss how to apply Zero Trust tenants to address the modern threat landscape. The model advocates a holistic approach to information security and puts special focus on processes and technologies that secure your data, wherever it resides. This event was held on April 18, 2019 from 1 - 3pm at the DreamPort facility in Columbia, MD. Read more here.

DreamPort Challenge Problems Panel 1
This is the first of two panels later this month to hear your ideas, solutions to the latest Challenge Problems. Have a solution, a tech talk, demonstration, or an idea? Then please register and bring it to the panel on April 17 from 9-11am! Note: These are a repeat of the same panel, so you only need to register for one. Read More.

The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Bootcamp
The Red Hat OpenShift Bootcamp is all about Containers, DevOps, & Agile Development. Attendees will learn, hands on, how to create, develop, use, deploy, and access containers as DevOps & Agile Development tools. The Red Hat OCP Bootcamp is a BYOD event. This event was held on April 11, 2019 from 3pm - 7:30pm at the DreamPort facility in Columbia, MD. Read more here.

The Red Hat DevSecOps Workshop
In this workshop, you learned to build a Secure Software Factory for a Java based website leveraging several containerized tools such as Gogs, Nexus, Jenkins, Sonarqube, and Che hosted on the OpenShift Container Platform. It was held on March 7, 2019 from 3pm – 7:30pm at the new DreamPort facility in Columbia, MD. Read more here.

RPE-004: The Needles in the Haystack
How difficult is it to actually find a needle in a haystack? We are going to find out. On February 26-28, DreamPort plans to execute an RPE competition where participants design and implement a solution for automatically identifying the most important assets (needles) on the DreamPort HQ network (haystack) without any prior human knowledge. HQ is the network we used and will continue to use in multiple RPE. Our ideal candidate solution must be able to monitor a network via packet capture (PCAP) only, and automatically identify critical computers or endpoints on the network. Read more here.

RPE-003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs published in 1894 includes the tale of the wolf in sheep's clothing. Just as in this tale, DreamPort is playing the Sheperd trying to spot the wolf in the flock. DreamPort plans to execute an RPE competition where participants design, implement or enhance user activity monitoring (UAM) solutions for detecting live and recent insider threat attacks or unauthorized activities. DreamPort is interested in identifying UAM solutions that employ advanced real-time analysis of multiple data sources for detecting unauthorized activities. Read more here.

The Red Hat Ansible Tower Workshop
Ansible Tower will enable you to create playbooks, while building in security. Automation features will save time, empower junior staff, offload senior staff and automate your most tedious tasks! Ansible Tower will enable you to create playbooks, while building in security. Automation features will save time, empower junior staff, offload senior staff and automate your most tedious tasks! Read more here.

Zero Trust Technology Showcase
On January 28th, DreamPort hosted the Zero Trust Technology Showcase to discern and pilot how zero trust strategies and technologies can help the US Government protect their networks and data. Read more here.

Tech Talk Series: The Case for Quantum, by Tony Lawrence, CEO of VOR Technology
State-of-the-Art cybersecurity is enough to safeguard our Internet treasure against most threats, but not against all threats. Read more here.

Tech Talk Series: Threat Briefing, by Adam Meyers of CrowdStrike
Adam is a founding employee and VP of Intelligence at CrowdStrike Inc., a global provider of security technology and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks. Read more here.

DreamPort First Rapid Prototyping Event
"The Chameleon and the Snake" specifically targeted malware signature diversity and signature measurement for Microsoft Windows (x86 and amd64) in a simulated operational environment at a realistic pace. Read more here.

The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Bootcamp
The Red Hat OpenShift Bootcamp is all about Containers, DevOps, & Agile Development. Attendees learned, hands on, how to create, develop, use, deploy, and access containers as DevOps & Agile Development tools. Read more here.