Smith School Hosts Federal, State, Industry Leaders
in Cybersecurity Forum
day, Google Maps transfers so much data it is measured in petabytes (that’s a
digit with 15 zeros behind it). And that’s just the Maps platform of the
Internet giant. With all of this data being transferred through cyberspace,
security is a big issue. According to experts the focus should be on securing
entire platforms, rather than individual servers with applications, to really
secure the flow of data in the cyber supply chain. How to tackle this issue was
the topic of discussion at the May 26 CyberMaryland Forum, held at the Robert H.
Smith School of Business. Leaders from federal and state government joined
academics and industry practitioners in the half-day session.
More than 65 participants attend the forum, which was hosted by the Tech
Council of Maryland, supported by the Maryland Department of Business and
Economic Development (DBED), and sponsored by the Smith School, the University
of Maryland Office of Research, law firm Morrison & Foerster, and industry
partners SAIC, CDW, IT Solutions, and NETCONN Solutions. The University of
Maryland’s Department of Computer Science also participated.
Research professor Sandor Boyson, co-director of the Smith School’s
Supply Chain Management Center, organized a panel on
public/private partnerships for securing the IT supply chain. Boyson brought
together representatives from SAIC, the National Institute of Standards and
Technology, and the National Security Agency to talk about the ways their
organizations are working to address information security.
“The cyber supply chain is a competitive advantage for the United States,”
said Boyson. “We have to ensure it remains an advantage with an effective
strategy for global supply chain risk management.”
Along with Hart Rossman, chief technology office for cybersecurity systems at
SAIC, Boyson and the Supply Chain Management Center developed a business-process
template for organizations to assess the risk in their cyber supply chains, and
then manage that risk. The Smith School continues to explore ways to impact
cybersecurity for the government and industry. Boyson and co-authors Lisa
Harrington and professor Thomas Corsi, co-director of the Supply Chain
Management Center, have a book on the topic coming out in August that compiles
input from leading organizations on cyber supply chain risk management.
The Smith School is well-positioned as leader in cybersecurity for the supply
chain and adds to the state’s leadership in the area. According to the
Department of Business and Economic Development, the state leads the nation in
information technology jobs, thanks to the high concentration of software and
technology companies, plus federal facilities, the Department of Defense, and
leading research institutions. This translates to jobs and economic growth for