SOURCE: Tech Council of Maryland

Tech Council of Maryland

September 28, 2010 07:30 ET

Tech Council of Maryland Urges Regional Businesses to Improve Information Security Practices During Cyber Security Awareness Month

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  October marks the seventh year that National Cyber Security Awareness Month has served as a reminder to individuals and businesses about the importance of protecting their computers and underlying Internet infrastructure from spam, hackers, cyber crime and other disruptions. The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), the state's largest technology trade association, announced today that it is taking the lead in promoting the importance of information security to businesses across the Mid-Atlantic region during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

"One of our priorities is making sure that our members and the community-at-large stay up-to-date on cyber security issues that could impact their businesses and daily lives," said Renée M. Winsky, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland. "Through a variety of partnerships and activities in October, we hope to underscore the importance of cyber security and showcase the resources in Maryland that recognize our state as the epicenter of our nation's cyber security."

To kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, TCM will partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) www.staysafeonline.org.

"The theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Our Shared Responsibility," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "The efforts of the Tech Council of Maryland exemplify the kinds of efforts needed to reach all computer users."

As part of its National Cyber-security Awareness month, on October 13, TCM will team with Lockheed Martin to host Cyber Security Awareness Day 2010, in which 150 high school students from across Maryland will have the chance to learn about the importance of cyber security and discover local university programs in the field.

In addition to the Cyber Security Awareness Day, TCM will be providing its members with daily cyber security tips throughout the month of October and doing other promotions to raise awareness.

TCM's activities to promote cyber security will not stop at the end of October, however. The association will continue its popular CyberMaryland Forum events, which are hosted bi-monthly in various locations across the state with the intent of educating businesses and individuals about the information security issues they face. To learn more about the events go to www.techcouncilmd.com.

ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.

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