CyberMaryland opened yesterday in Baltimore, and continues today. The annual conference this year featured unusually heavy representation from the United Kingdom, as companies from the English Midlands continued the growing trend of transatlantic cooperation between two regions that have a great deal in common: an alpha cybersecurity customer and an ecosystem of start-ups and established companies around that customer.
A few quick takes on yesterday's sessions: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan described what he characterized as the deliberately business-friendly environment the state has created, and Senator Chris Van Hollen talked about the important role Federal agencies had assumed in the state's economy.
A panel discussion on "the new CISO—from tech guru to corporate leader," highlighted the importance of communication between security leaders and boards of directors (a well-known point, but illustrated with examples of how what one panelist called the "curmudgeonly" default personality security and IT people tend to assume can interfere with such communication). It also brought into relief a less commonly appreciated fact about the security sector: the relative unimportance of formal credentials as opposed to experience and demonstrated ability.
And a plenary session on the "Red Queen's race," the race in Alice in Wonderland that requires you to run as fast as you can just to keep up, concluded with an argument that platforms, not point solutions, were the way to break free of the Red Queen. "I don't want a body guard for this, and for this, and for this," said McAfee's Brett Kelsy, "I want a police force."
We'll have more on these, and other sessions, in coming issues of the CyberWire.