In late spring, the nonprofit Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Inc. (CAMI), in partnership with PNC Bank and Point3 Security, hosted the Second Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration.

Before a sell-out of 300 attendees at the American Visionary Art Museum, in Baltimore, 13 awards were presented to companies, organizations and individuals judged to have outstanding cybersecurity products, services and/or programs or to have made a substantial contribution to the state’s cybersecurity industry.
Following opening remarks from CAMI’s Executive Director Stacey Smith, and CAMI Chairperson and Edwards Performance Solutions President and CEO Gina Abate, the program began with congratulatory videos from Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and from Gov. Larry Hogan, who expressed their support of Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

Next, Abate unveiled CAMI’s new “Connect to Protect” program, a brief multimedia presentation designed to educate business leaders at industry trade organization events, chamber of commerce meetings, Rotary member luncheons and other business gatherings. The video, with simple cybersecurity tips presented in as few as 20 minutes by an experienced cybersecurity professional, offers businesses the knowledge and resources needed to begin, expand or accelerate their efforts to make their businesses cybersecure.
The evening’s program was co-emceed by Evan Dornbush, co-founder and CEO of Point3 Security; and Jay Turakhia, vice president in the corporate and institutional banking division, Greater Maryland market, PNC Bank. It also and included remarks and award announcements from the following attendees.

• Rosa Cruz, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC)
• Robel Worku, Montgomery County Economic Development Corp.
• Brian Levine, Greater Baltimore Committee
• Will Anderson, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development
• Leonardo McClarty, Howard County Chamber
• Heather Gramm, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
• Spencer Wilcox, Exelon Corp.
• Michael Ryan, South River Technologies
• Brian Hubbard, Edwards Performance Solutions
• John Leitch, Winquest Cybersecurity
• Darrell Laffoon, EZShield
• Mike Volk, PSA Insurance & Financial Services
• Ron and Cyndi Gula, Gula Tech Adventures
The 2018 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration winners are as follows.
• Best of Anne Arundel County: Bridges
• Best of Baltimore City: Sally Kenyon Grant, Point3 Security
• Best of Baltimore County: Syncopated Engineering
• Best of Frederick County: Patriot Technologies
• Best of Howard County: Enveil
• Best of Montgomery County: Koolspan
• Innovator of the Year: Enveil, Howard County
• Cybersecurity Defender of the Year: CSIOS Corp., Charles County
Cybersecurity Company to Watch: Cyber Crucible, Baltimore County
Cybersecurity Champion Award: Ellen Hemmerly, bwtech@UMBC
Cybersecurity Industry Resource Award: AAEDC
Cybersecurity Diversity Award: The CyberWire, Howard County
People’s Choice Award: Emma Garrison-Alexander, UMUC
For more information about CAMI, visit, email [email protected] or call 443-844-0047.