Maryland Innovation & Security Institute - Authentic Mission Accelerator

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.
IMAGINE Event

IMAGINE a world where more young women can see themselves in the faces of the legendary women of science & technology – and say, "Yes I can!"

The event is a fundraiser in support of the region's unique and inclusive STEM program and will be held at the DreamPort Facility in Columbia Maryland. While its focus is on the under-represented young women, young men are also included in MISI's STEM programs.

Visit the IMAGINE event site

Innovation

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

Collaboration

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

Prototyping

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

Community

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

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

Proximity

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

Support

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.

Dovestech
Dovestech

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.

Eccalon
Eccalon

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

We are always looking for new partners! Fill out the contact form below, and let us know how you'd like to participate. We are looking forward to working with you!

News & Other Information

Fort Meade: Military hacking convention doubled in attendance in one year

The sky is the limit for AvengerCon.

After attracting about 330 people to McGill Training Center last year, the event doubled in size and moved to DreamPort, a tech and cyber collaboration facility in Columbia on Oct. 17 and 18.…

Read more at Capital Gazette


AvengerCon IV

October 18, 2019 — The first AvengerCon was started in 2016 by members of A Company (nicknamed "the Avengers") of 781st Military Intelligence Battalion to provide a venue for hackers in the formation to come together and share interesting ideas in a day of thought-provoking presentations.…

Read more at GovEvents.com


Mrs. Katherine G. Johnson to be honored at Maryland Innovation & Security Institute's IMAGINE Event

October 16, 2019 — The Directors of the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (MISI) and DreamPort, IMAGINE event Chair Reggie Van Lee, Chief Transformation Officer The Carlyle Group and the Host Committee are pleased to announce that NASA legend, Mrs. Katherine G. Johnson and her daughters have graciously accepted our honoring her at our inaugural IMAGINE bespoke salon dinner highlighting women in STEM.…

Read more


DISA Call for White Papers!

October 14, 2019 — Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. In an effort to make this process easier, DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest.

Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)

Due Date: November 5, 2019 no later than 2 PM (CST)
Project Number: DISA-OTA-20-R-ICAM

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) activities. This request meets the statutory requirements of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) (10 U.S.C. §2371) for the development and deployment of a DoD Enterprise Identity Service that will create a single user record, consolidating all pertinent data associated with the individual under one account, and automatically deleting such accounts when they are no longer required. The objective will be to establish a federated identity service for DISA, its mission partners, non-CAC holders (such as authorized guests and visitors), and non-person entities that mitigates current inefficiencies, facilitates strong authentication to current state-of-the-art cloud services, provide authorization services with role-base access, and enables audit of users and resources; using non-traditional defense contractor solutions per 10 USC §2302(9), which defines a non-traditional defense contractor as "an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least one year preceding the solicitation of sources by the DoD for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the DoD that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to 41 USC §1502 and the regulations implementing such section."

Read More Here


DreamPort a place for cyber collaboration between government, industry

August 29, 2019 — Columbia's DreamPort, opened last year, has developed as a place for the cyber industry to work collaboratively with the government to address pressing cybersecurity issues. The 17,500 square-foot facility is nonclassified, cutting out a lot of the red tape that could potentially get in the way of the private sector helping to develop cyber solutions with…

Read more at The Daily Record


CISA, DOD Weigh in on Protecting the Nation's Most Critical Infrastructure

August 16, 2019 — Federal agencies are taking cues from industry for some of their most pressing cybersecurity challenges. One challenge for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's National Risk Management Center includes the threat model that has shifted in the past few years.

Read more at GovernmentCIO


DISA Call for White Papers!

August 1, 2019 — Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. In an effort to make this process easier, DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest.

Mobility Enablement Prototype

Due Date: August 12, 2019 by 9:00 AM CST
Project Number: DISA-OTA-19-R-MEO

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to seek vendors capable of fulfilling the technical objectives outlined below related to Mobility Enablement in order to conduct research, development, and testing activities to stand up an environment capable of supporting the development of secure mobile applications (apps) and streamline the security approval process to properly vet the apps for use on Department of Defense (DoD) mobile devices.

Read More Here


USCYBERCOM Small Business Industry Day Slides Now Available

Request to download the USCYBERCOM Small Business Industry Day Slides from the July 16, 2019 event.

Request to Download Slides


Event: Securing Critical ICS Infrastructure & Solutions and Tips for Complying with DoD Cyber Regulations Panel

Join experts from the National Security Agency, Eccalon, USCYBERCOM and the Department of Defense along with CTOs, CISOs from industry and major solution providers for a panel discussion on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency. The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute, DreamPort and its board of directors invites you to a panel on the state of ICS/SCADA/IoT cybersecurity resiliency.
Date: June 20, 2019, 9-11am | Location: DreamPort Facility in Columbia MD
Registration is full, but now you can attend via Cisco WebEx. See details below:

Hosted by DreamPort using Webex powered by Cisco Systems, Inc.
When: Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 9:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 200 541 903
Password: MISI062019
https://cisco.webex.com/cisco/j.php?MTID=m8f036f70aedbae26459a89db75c2ab55

Read More Here


DISA Call for White Papers!

May 6, 2019 — Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. In an effort to make this process easier, DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest.

Read More Here


Call for Interns!

April 30, 2019 — DreamPort continues to grow and flourish, we are on the look out for some helping hands! If you are a student living in the Columbia area (or don't mind driving there), and have a love of (more like an obsession with) technology and innovation, this might just be your dream internship!

We are offering a 4-week internship to energetic, hard-charging students. We seek qualified rising High School Juniors to come out to DreamPort and learn what it might be like to work in the IT/cybersecurity field, but all applications will be reviewed.

Read More Here


CAPT Ed Devinney, USN Donates Flag and Plaque to MISI at DreamPort

March 27, 2019 — Captain Ed Devinney, USN, generously presented a flag from the USS COLE and commemorative plaque to Karl Gumtow and the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute's DreamPort Facility on March 27th, 2019.

Read more about the USS COLE and Captain Devinney here.


Georgia economic leaders paid a visit to Maryland cyber centers

February 21, 2019 — Building on a big presence from the federal government's cybersecurity force, a state is looking to expand commercial research and training activities that can become a force in the region.

Read more at Technical.ly Baltimore


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 Technical.ly Baltimore


Maryland Cyber Security Non-Profit Pushes Community Innovation and Collaboration

June 14, 2018 — Maryland Cyber Security experts are growing excited about a new cyber security non-profit which is taking aim at bringing the community together for a larger impact. Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (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.

Read more at Dovestech.com


Maryland institute partners with Cyber Command on innovation center

The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute has agreed to partner with United States Cyber Command to work on new technologies and solutions to problems facing the government and the private sector. A facility called DreamPort in Columbia will house the partnership and provide a home for collaboration, prototyping and events.

Read more at The Daily Record


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.

Read more

Meet the Team

Karl Gumtow
Karl Gumtow
Director

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.

kgumtow@misi.tech
Tom Sadowski
Tom Sadowski
Director

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.

tsadowski@misi.tech
Armando Seay
Armando Seay
Director

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.

aseay@misi.tech
MISI Logo

Contact Us

Request more information. Learn how to become a partner. Let us know how we can help you. Fill out the form below so we can get to know you a little better…

  • 621 East Pratt Street, suite 610
    Baltimore MD 21202

  • 7000 Columbia Gateway, suite 150
    Columbia, MD 21046

  • + 1 443 626 4450

  • contact@misi.tech