Join the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for its eighth annual cyber conference, where innovation, funding and growth will be explored. Participants can expect discussions from cyber innovators and entrepreneurs, leading venture capitalists and financiers, and government agencies that look to this industry base for technologies and solutions.

The event will be held on June 7 at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre.

There will be two separate tracks, ensuring there is relevant information for all participants, from the startup, to the seasoned CEO, to the everyday cyber practitioner.

Specific topics will include: funding growth and mergers and acquisitions; the role of government and academia in innovation; and threat assessment, prevention and remediation.

Three keynote speakers will be presented. The morning will feature Curtis W. Dukes, executive vice president and general manager of the CIS Security Best Practices & Automation Group. Dukes is the former deputy national manager for National Security Systems, where he was charged with securing systems that handle classified information or that are otherwise critical to military and intelligence activities. He has served in a variety of organizations within the National Security Agency (NSA).

The lunch speaker will be Ron Gula, of Gula Technology Adventures. As former CEO and co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Gula led the company’s rapid growth and product vision from 2002 through 2016. He helped the company scale to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, raise $300 million in venture capital and achieve revenues in excess of $100 million annually.
The afternoon keynote speech will be given by Lonny Anderson, executive vice president of Nobus. A recognized leader in the support of the national intelligence mission, Anderson has expertise in counterterrorism and signal intelligence operations. He dramatically changed the way the NSA/Central Security Service (CSS) collects, delivers and shares information in direct support of the national-level decision-makers and the warfighter.
Other featured speakers will include the following.

• Moss Amer, analyst, Maryland Venture Fund

• Col. Daniel Bennett, Ph.D., professor at West Point and part of the Army Cyber Institute; currently on sabbatical assigned to the Cyber National Mission Force

• Chris College, managing director, TEDCO Capital Partners

• April Doss, partner, and chair of Cybersecurity and Privacy, Saul Ewing

• Gary Merry, CEO of Deep Run Security

• Angela Singleton, Deal Team – Seed Investment Fund, TEDCO

• J. Thomas Sadowski, vice chancellor for economic development, University System of Maryland

• Jason Taule, chief privacy officer/chief security officer, FEI Systems


• Lt. Col. Stoney Trent, Ph.D., chief of experimentation for applied research and development, United States Cyber Command