This summer when Governor Larry Hogan announced that Elta North America, an Israeli owned defense manufacturer, was opening a Cyber Innovation Center in Maryland, Barry Bogage couldn’t have been more pleased. As he stood near the Governor he knew that it was his tireless behind-the-scenes efforts as the executive director of the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC)* that proved pivotal to this Maryland business success.
Elta was just the first cybersecurity announcement in a busy summer for MIDC. In a little more than a week, Electronic Technology Associates (ETA) and Cyberbit, the cybersecurity spinoff of Israeli defense contractor Elbit would announce it was opening Baltimore Cyber Range. This first hands-on cybersecurity training center will train professionals through threat simulations; it is located in Spark Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor.
As Maryland makes efforts to become, as Governor Hogan would like to see, the “cyber capital of America,” MIDC has become a valuable resource. With Israel, a dominant player in the cybersecurity market – second only to the United States – MIDC’s relationships will prove invaluable to this initiative.
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