News & Events

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


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.

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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.

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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.

Download Event Request Form

Upcoming Events

Coffee & Conversation
Our next DreamPort Coffee and Conversation event will be Monday, June 24th this month. This event is held every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7 – 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!

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

Tech Talk Series: How DevOps and Automation Can Accelerate Warfighting Readiness
"Speed is life," not only in warfighting operations, but in IT Defensive and Offensive Cyber Operations that are geared to increase battlefield lethality in an increasingly contested battlespace. Achieving speed, innovation, and risk management with traditional processes cannot keep up with our adversaries and meet the needs of today's networked warfighter. NetApp is an IT enabler and accelerator for DevOps for the entire Federal Government including the DoD and IC. On June 19 from 10am - 2pm, come hear NetApp's own DevOps journey and lessons learned and see how NetApp has equipped large enterprises to change fast and manage risk, with its deep integration with DevOps tools. In this interactive demonstration and discussion, NetApp will guide conversation towards a DevSecOps vision that can be realized immediately with capabilities that are available today to Defense Department developers. Read more here.

Securing Critical ICS Infrastructure & Solutions and Tips for Complying with DoD Cyber Regulations Panel
Join experts from the National Security Agency, USCYBERCOM and the Department of Defense along with CTOs, CISOs from industry and major solution providers for a panel discussion on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency. On June 20, the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute, DreamPort and its board of directors invites you to a panel on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency. Read more here.

RPE-006: The Defense at Pemberton Mill
We'll be looking for solutions that monitor a fictitious network for vulnerabilities and detect attacks in progress. We want participants to bring solutions for monitoring both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) networks both in live (with network taps) and offline (PCAP) mode. This event is June 18 - 21. Registration is now full. Read more here.

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 is on June 27, 2019 from 3pm - 7:30pm at the DreamPort facility in Columbia, MD. Read more here.

Defense Industrial Base Outreach Information Session
USCYBERCOM and DreamPort will host an information session on 28 June 2019 at 1:30pm with all interested parties to discuss specific requirements as well as other topics raised by questions and comments received in advance. The information session will be at DreamPort. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written responses to any or all of the REQUIREMENTS listed here. Further details will be provided at the 28 June 2019 industry presentation. This event is June 28 at 1:30pm. Read more here.

Reverse Engineering Showcase
USCYBERCOM and DreamPort will host a Reverse Engineering Showcase July 17, 2019 from 9am - 3pm. The goal is for interested organizations to bring product spec sheets, informative white papers, marketing materials, and at least one knowledgeable technical resource to interact with the working group. DreamPort will provide table, power, and Internet to support you in one of our large rooms in a typical tech show environment. In addition, we will have breakout rooms available for one-on-one discussions. If you have a technology, process, or idea how you or your company can help please register to be at our showcase. Read more here.