News & Events

Stay up-to-date with everything going on at DreamPort. We are happy to share all the latest news and upcoming events.


DreamPort a place for cyber collaboration between government, industry

August 29, 2019 — Columbia's DreamPort, opened last year, has developed as a place for the cyber industry to work collaboratively with the government to address pressing cybersecurity issues. The 17,500 square-foot facility is nonclassified, cutting out a lot of the red tape that could potentially get in the way of the private sector helping to develop cyber solutions with…

Read more at The Daily Record

CISA, DOD Weigh in on Protecting the Nation's Most Critical Infrastructure

August 16, 2019 — Federal agencies are taking cues from industry for some of their most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

One challenge for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's National Risk Management Center includes the threat model that has shifted in the past few years.

Read more at GovernmentCIO

USCYBERCOM Small Business Industry Day Slides Now Available

Request to download the USCYBERCOM Small Business Industry Day Slides from the July 16, 2019 event.

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Georgia economic leaders paid a visit to Maryland cyber centers

February 21, 2019 — Building on a big presence from the federal government's cybersecurity force, a state is looking to expand commercial research and training activities that can become a force in the region.

Read more at Baltimore

Defense Industrial Base Outreach

Call of Automated Cybersecurity Posture Determination

Information Session: June 28, 2019 at 1:30pm
Responses Due: July 19, 2019
Prize: $25,000
Send Questions to:

Companies should also fill out the NIST-SP-800-171_800-53_Mapping v1 matrix and email it to – This is a matrix that we recommend each potential vendor complete to demonstrate their capability maps to all policy and technical controls.

Read More Here or Register with the Defense Industrial Base Outreach

DISA Call for White Papers!

Quantum-Resistance Cryptography Prototype

Due Date: June 14, 2019 by 9:00 AM CST
Project Number: DISA-OTA19-R-Quantum

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking information from Industry to evaluate the use of quantum-safe algorithms and cryptographic solutions that can defend Department of Defense (DoD) Information Technology (IT) infrastructure from malicious cyber activities.

Read More Here

Call for Interns!

April 30, 2019 — DreamPort continues to grow and flourish, we are on the look out for some helping hands! If you are a student living in the Columbia area (or don't mind driving there), and have a love of (more like an obsession with) technology and innovation, this might just be your dream internship!

We are offering a 4-week internship to energetic, hard-charging students. We seek qualified rising High School Juniors to come out to DreamPort and learn what it might be like to work in the IT/cybersecurity field, but all applications will be reviewed.

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


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 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 or contact Karl Gumtow at

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

Planning an Event

Please complete the form below and email to to submit your request to hold an event at DreamPort. Please keep in mind, priority will be given to events that directly support US Cyber Command requirements and challenge problems.

DreamPort is a mission accelerator, not a conference center.

For space consideration, DreamPort's largest room can host approximately 50 – 75 people with tables, chairs, laptop power, and wireless connectivity.

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Upcoming Events

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

Cyber Conversation & Coffee
Our next DreamPort Cyber Conversation & Coffee event will be Monday, September 23rd. This event is held every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7:30 – 10am (barring holidays), and 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!

The Red Hat Ansible Boot Camp
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! Event is September 26, 3 - 7pm. Learn More.

AvengerCon IV
the event is planned with an attempt at keeping all members of the organization in mind. This includes both the junior and experienced members, and those in both technical and non-technical job roles, and military, civilian, and contracted personnel. Event is October 17-18, 2019. Learn More.

AFCEA CMD Lunch and Learn
This event is for small businesses and sponsored by AFCEA CMD. The purpose of the meeting is to inform small DoD businesses about resources that are available to them and offered through the State of MD and include:

  • Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program
  • Maryland Defense Network
  • Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center (DefTech)
  • Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP)

Event is October 23, 2019, 11am - 1pm. Learn More.

Election Integrity 2020 Conference
We'll gather the personnel on the front lines of the Election Integrity 2020 to inform, listen and learn. Expected attendees include members of the National Guard and US CYBER COMMAND, as well as SMEs from industry, academia and other local, state and federal organizations. Event is October 24, 2019, 10am - 3pm. Read more here.

DreamPort First Annual Chili Cook Off
The event is planned with an attempt at keeping all members of the organization in mind. This includes both the junior and experienced members, and those in both technical and non-technical job roles, and military, civilian, and contracted personnel. Event is October 25, 2019. Read more here.