This Week: Hogan to Convene Annapolis Cybersecurity Summit

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a cybersecurity summit to highlight federal, state, and private-sector efforts to protect America’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

The summit on Thursday, July 29, will convene high-level government officials and private sector leaders to discuss key trends and topics surrounding cyber threats to federal, state, and local governments as well as private sector critical infrastructure threats.

The Annapolis Cybersecurity Summit will begin with opening remarks by Governor Hogan, followed by three panels:

  • A Federal Perspective: Setting a National Cybersecurity Agenda
  • A State Perspective: Building a Cybersecurity Ecosystem
  • A Private Sector Perspective: Championing Innovation and Collective Defense

According to a press release:

“There is no greater threat to the safety and security of Americans right now than the cyber vulnerabilities of the systems that support our daily lives, from our drinking water and our power supply, to our railroads and air traffic controls,” said Governor Hogan. “As the cyber capital of America, Maryland is proud to host this summit, and we look forward to an open and productive discussion of our coordinated cybersecurity goals and initiatives as we work to protect the American people.”

Participants in the Annapolis Cybersecurity Summit will include:

  • Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber & Emerging Tech at National Security Council, The White House
  • General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
  • U.S. Representative John Katko, Ranking Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security (virtual)
  • Herbert J. Stapleton, Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, Cyber Operations Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas (virtual)
  • Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana (virtual)
  • Admiral Dennis C. Blair (retired), Former United States Director of National Intelligence (virtual)
  • Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • General Keith Alexander (retired), Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO, Iron Net
  • Dr. Mohan Suntha, President and CEO, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Dr. Keith Bowman, Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology, UMBC
  • Daniel R. Ennis, Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative and CEO of DRE Consulting
  • Kevin Perkins, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Exelon CISO
  • Phyllis Schneck, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman (virtual)
  • Tina Williams-Koroma, President and CEO, TCecure CEO (virtual)
  • Robert Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Dragos
  • Timothy Blute, Director, Center for Best Practices, National Governors Association
  • Ron Gula, Gula Tech Adventures.

The summit will be streamed for the public at

At the MACo Summer Conference Tech Expo, an expert panel will discuss new and emerging threats; explain how to leverage federal resources to secure IT systems and digital services; and share tips, best practices, and resources to deter, disrupt, prepare for, and respond to cyberattacks.

The “Strengthening Security: Protecting Your Network from Cyberattacks” session will be held Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 18-21 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Resilient. Responsive…Ready.”

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference: