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Advancing cyber security innovation and collaboration.

  • Accelerate the pace of innovation in cyber security through global technology partnerships, education, investment, and community engagement.
  • Capitalize on Maryland's strengths as a thriving global center of innovation and excellence in the arts, sciences and engineering, as well as its proximity to the Nation's key cyber organizations.
  • Create a new kind of innovation center recognized throughout the world as a place of imagination, innovation, and commitment to creating a secure future for people, governments, and businesses in cyberspace.

Pushing the boundaries in cyber security technology through collaboration, prototyping and community engagement.


Engaging cyber experts, practitioners, researchers, and educators to transform novel ideas to fieldable prototypes.


Leveraging cyber innovation centers and their resources to build and test innovative solutions.


Shaping the next generation of cyber professionals by inspiring students to pursue educational opportunities in STEM.

About Us

MISI is a non-profit formed exclusively to further and promote charitable, educational, and scientific purposes including, but not limited to, furthering innovation in cybersecurity through education, global technology partnerships, investment, and community engagement to create a collaborative network of subject matter experts and cyber professionals.


Access to modern collaboration & conference facilities, labs with cyber and supporting/enabling technologies, and world-class Subject Matter Experts.


Proximity to regional and local Maryland government and academic institutions and an extensive cyber-focused commercial and defense contractor industrial base.


City and state government support organizations, industry economic development entities, and major national defense contractors providing opportunities for investment and mentorship for small businesses.

Our Partners

We've created and will expand a broad network of partnerships for MISI and DreamPort, leveraging our existing extensive suite of partners, and exercising the tools that have been used to build and develop those partnerships to create and nurture new ones.

CyberPoint International, LLC
CyberPoint International

At CyberPoint, we work to create a future where individuals and organizations from across the globe can operate safely and securely in cyberspace and benefit from the technological innovations that increasingly connect our world. CyberPoint is a growning cyber security company that integrates and delivers innovative, leading-edge services, solutions, and products to protect what's invaluable to customers worldwide. We discover the threats and vulnerabilities that expose data, systems, and infrastructure to compromise, we quantify risks, and we design defenses that provide critical protection.


At Dovestech we build and integrate the solutions that our customer's use to embark on an interactive journey of discovery about what is embedded in the deep pools of data they collect and process everyday. We help discover cyber security threats, trends, insider threats, financial metrics, IoT sensor data and much more. We thrive on bringing data to life and making it manageable, useful and visual by maximizing data processing and analytic tools into awesome solutions.


We constantly seek new and creative ways to serve our clients by anticipating their future needs and encouraging our team to think outside of the box. By piloting new tools and capabilities, we enable our clients to generate and make better, faster decisions. We are perpetually finding key trends, challenges, and solutions to the most complex business questions to help you achieve the results your organization needs to succeed. Our focus areas include cybersecurity, data analytics, foreign investment and supply chains.

Federal Business Council, Inc.
Federal Business Council, Inc.

FBC is non-partisan connector between government and technology providers, academia and thought leaders. The FBC mission is to accelerate the adoption of new technologies in order to advance agency priorities. This is accomplished through a variety of touch point activities that create engagement opportunities for stakeholders.

George Washington University
George Washington University

The George Washington University, an independent academic institution chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1821, dedicates itself to furthering human well-being. The University values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas.

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of our first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. He guided the opening of the university and other institutions, including the university press, the hospital, and the schools of nursing and medicine. The mission he described then remains the university's mission today: To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world. Or, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: "Knowledge for the world."

University System of Maryland
University System of Maryland

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state's public higher education system. USM's 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and system office work closely together to leverage their collective expertise and resources, share best practices, increase the system's effectiveness and efficiency, and advance USM's mission to improve the quality of life in Maryland.

Become a Partner
Become a Partner

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News & Other Information

New DreamPort center bringing small business cyber help to federal sector

November 2, 2018 — U.S. Cyber Command tracks and confronts some of the most dire cybersecurity threats facing our country. But it needs a little help sometimes, so there is a new facility in Maryland dedicated to seeking private industry input on government cyber problems.

Read more at Baltimore Business Journal

An innovative partnership could help Cyber Command fight malware

October 26, 2018 — A new public-private partnership recently concluded its first hackathon-type rapid prototype event to help discover new techniques or tools that can be applied to problems or challenges facing U.S. Cyber Command.

Read more at Fifth Domain

Cyber Command partners for a cyber prototyping environment

September 7, 2018 — U.S. Cyber Command is standing up a cyber version of SOFWERX, the public-private partnership run through Special Operations Command to foster greater innovation for rapid solutions.

DreamPort, run by the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute through a partnership intermediary agreement with Cyber Command, is described as a state-of-the-art facility where companies can bring in their capabilities to be worked on.

Read more at Fifth Domain

Cybersecurity Innovator Selects COPT's Columbia Gateway for Headquarters Location

Columbia, MD, June 26, 2018 — Corporate Office Properties Trust ("COPT" or the "Company") (NYSE: OFC) has executed an 18,000 square foot lease with The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute ("MISI") in the Columbia Gateway Business & Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland. In response to United States Cyber Command ("USCYBERCOM") awarding them a five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement ("PIA") to innovate new technologies, MISI is establishing a cyber innovation, collaboration, and prototyping facility in Columbia Gateway, which is within 10 miles of Fort Meade where USCYBERCOM is located.

Read more at BusinessWire

Columbia innovation center will work with Cyber Command on new technology

June 19, 2018 — A Baltimore-based nonprofit is working with U.S. Cyber Command to bring business, government and academic leaders together to work on new technology.

Read more at Baltimore

MISI Awarded Cyber Innovation Contract with USCYBERCOM

Baltimore, MD, June 12, 2018 — The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI) has been awarded a five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) by United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to innovate new technologies in an unclassified, state-of-the-art facility located in Columbia, MD.

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Meet the Team

Karl Gumtow
Karl Gumtow

Karl has been actively involved in the local Ft. Meade cyber operational community for over 25 years in leadership positions, and has developed extensive relations throughout the community, industry and Government.
Tom Sadowski
Tom Sadowski

Tom has more than 25-years in the economic development profession. His work has focused on growing and attracting companies, talent recruitment, workforce development, public/private partnerships and creating programs supporting innovation, tech commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Armando Seay
Armando Seay

Armando is an experienced CISO/FSO and DoD-cleared executive with years of IT, Program Management and business strategy experience. He is currently leading the charge in the development of a cyber security services and solutions vertical market.

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  • 621 East Pratt Street, suite 610
    Baltimore MD 21202

  • 7000 Columbia Gateway, suite 150
    Columbia, MD 21046

  • + 1 410 779 6690