Cyber security mission to Maryland

August 3, 2016

Cyber security companies from across the Marches are invited to participate in a Midlands Engine business development  mission to Baltimore, Maryland.
Maryland has one of the world’s largest concentrations of cyber security companies, educational institutions and government agencies with a workforce of over 77,000 cyber security professionals.
The headquarters of the US National Security Agency and US Cyber Command is at Fort Meade and some of the world’s largest IT and cyber security firms including Northrop Grumman, Verizon, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton are located there.
Maryland is also home to many of the most successful modern cyber innovation companies including Sourcefire, RedOwl Analytics, Cyberpoint and Tenable, five universities designated as centres of excellence in cyber education and research by the NSA and DHS and several leading hi-tech and cyber security incubators and accelerators, including Bwtech, Cync, Tedco and the Chesapeake Innovation Center.
The high profile programme for the mission which takes place from October 18 to 22 includes the CyberMaryland Conference 2016, the prestigious two day annual event which brings together more than 2,300 attendees in the cyber community. Full details of the conference is available at

Why participate?

This is your chance to be part of a lasting relationship with US companies. Representatives of the UK contingent will be introduced to contacts within US organisations with the purpose of creating lasting long-term partnerships and to explore business development opportunities.
Travelling as part of the trade mission, rather than individually, will provide you with access to business leaders in your sector, help open doors and forge long-term relationships for your business. For companies who wish to access this market, there is no substitute for a visit in person and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) staff will provide support to ensure your trip is a success and that you have a clear understanding of the steps you need to take.
Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Marches LEP, in partnership with UKTI and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, is developing a programme over the next three years with a return visit from Maryland to the Midlands being planned for Spring 2017.
Places on the mission are limited and will be allocated to eligible companies on a first come first served basis.

How to apply:

Please register your interest at the earliest opportunity. We are expecting interest in this unique opportunity to be very high and places are limited.
Email to lodge your expression of interest ahead of 5 August 2016 and you will be sent the full application for completion and to check eligibility. Please note that your place is not guaranteed until you receive full confirmation.

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