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Mikulski, Gallagher, Brown, Leggett Announce Partnership Establishing National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST in Montgomery County

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS), NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today spoke at a press conference at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to announce a new partnership to establish the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which will serve as a gateway for public-private partnership in developing cyber technology and advancements in cyber security.

"We're standing up for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to protect America's ideas and innovations from cyber terrorists, spies and thieves," Senator Mikulski said. "This center will unite the knowledge of the government with the know-how of the private sector to improve our nation's cyber security and create jobs. I was so proud to put money in the federal checkbook so this new center will ensure Maryland continues to lead the way in cyber technology and cyber jobs."

As Chairwoman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NIST, Senator Mikulski put $10 million in the federal checkbook to fund the new Cyber Center of Excellence, which will support 23 new Maryland jobs in Montgomery County.

"Cyber crime hurts individuals, businesses, and government agencies. We want to bring together the best minds and provide them with the best tools to create and test solutions that will make online transactions of all kinds safer," said Director Gallagher. "We're pleased to have the support of our Maryland partners, and look forward to working with additional partners from industry, academia, non-profit and government sectors."

"Maryland has made great strides in preparing a workforce that's ready for cyber and IT jobs," said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, who leads the O'Malley-Brown Administration's economic development portfolio. "With our focus on K-12 STEM education, cyber-security specialties in higher education, and the presence of U.S. Cyber Command at Ft. Meade, Maryland is uniquely poised to contribute to the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. The addition of the Cyber Center of Excellence will help build on our progress by enhancing coordination between the Federal, State and local governments, as well as our partners in the private sector. I thank Senator Mikulski for her leadership in securing critical funds that have made the Cyber Center of Excellence possible."

"This critically important work will help our nation meet the cyber challenges of the future," said County Executive Leggett. "Montgomery County thanks Senator Mikulski for her work in bringing this project here."

NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The new National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will forge public-private partnerships to help advance cyber research and development and foster the creation of cyber technology and tools.

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