Maryland is a hotbed of software services, electronics and telecommunications firms, and cybersecurity organizations, with 16 NSA/DHS-certified Centers of Academic Excellence. All within arm’s reach of an industry-related workforce over 115,000 strong and a dense concentration of cyber-related engineers.
Maryland’s IT and cybersecurity businesses benefit from being next door to the nation’s capital. Over 60 federal agencies call Maryland home, including the National Security Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
Also found within Maryland’s borders are 20 military facilities, 12 of them major ones, such as Fort Meade (home of the NSA) and the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Not to mention the U.S. Cyber Command and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
Over 60 federal agencies call Maryland home.
Maryland is a leading employer of electronics engineers, software developers, and information security analysts. So it’s no surprise that Maryland’s highly regarded educational system turns out skilled and motivated workers to fill those positions and more.
At University of Maryland University College, for instance, programs led by faculty-practitioners give 90,000 students worldwide access to some of the field’s leading lights. University of Maryland Baltimore County ranks fifth in the nation in innovation (U.S. News) and is home to the Center for Information Security and Assurance. University of Maryland College Park, a top school for cybersecurity professionals, ranks third globally in nanotechnology research.
The Cyber Pathways Program at 14 Maryland community colleges fast-tracks training in IT and cybersecurity, while Maryland’s award-winning K–12 public schools help prepare future generations of highly skilled technical workers.
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