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September 2021 Industry Spotlight


NetCraftsmen’s Cyber Solutions Platform

Headquartered in Columbia in Howard County and with more than 80 employees, NetCraftsmen is ranked by the BBJ among the Top-10 Cybersecurity employers in Greater Baltimore. Having developed a cyber solutions platform for healthcare and other industries, NetCraftsmen understands the complex regulatory requirements specific to the healthcare industry. Through their continuous compliance and governance solutions, they can ensure that health delivery and management organizations meet compliance standards now and in the future. For nearly two decades, the company’s team of experts have provided IT consulting solutions to ensure that clients have a healthy and secure IT infrastructure that proactively reduces risks and anticipates futures threats.

“The significant focus on cybersecurity and healthcare in the Greater Baltimore region provides an ecosystem of partners and prospective skilled employees that give us at NetCraftsmen a competitive advantage when pursuing new Clients."       - Paul H. Mauritz, President & CEO
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MD MEP LOGOMaryland MEP and the Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP)

The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maryland MEP) has partnered with the Maryland Department of Commerce to administer the Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP). The DCAP program was created in 2018 to provide education, technical assistance and financial assistance to Maryland’s Defense Industrial Base, and specifically to help make mitigation and compliance more affordable for the small and mid-sized businesses. Since its inception, the program has helped over 100 Maryland companies, ensuring that Maryland’s defense contracting community remain competitive and in compliance with the requirements of the DoD. This has directly resulted in the participating businesses realizing more than $500M in economic impact and 3,000 jobs retained in Maryland. Visit:

“In partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, MD MEP and most importantly industry partners, DCAP has enabled manufacturers to improve their cybersecurity posture, comply with the often difficult and costly requirements of cybersecurity and remain competitive in the market. We look forward to continuing the program and creating opportunities for organizations to share knowledge, resources and best practices into the future.”        -Michael Kelleher, Executive Director, Maryland MEP

While DCAP funding is only available to defense contractors, Maryland MEP is available to help any manufacturer adopt advanced technologies to modernize all areas of their business, including cybersecurity, robotics and automation, ERP implementation, advanced manufacturing equipment, and other technology and processes.

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Strengthening Cybersecurity and Access Control at the Port of Baltimore

Announced in August, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) has been awarded $1.6 million in the most recent round of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program. The funding will go toward solidifying cybersecurity and access control policies and initiatives at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s state-owned, public marine terminals.

“Security is critical to the maritime industry, and the Port of Baltimore has the reputation as a safe and secure place for our workers and customers. As the Port continues to lead the way in Maryland’s economic recovery, this grant will help us make security an even stronger focus in our day-to-day operations.”       -Greg Slator, MDOT Secretary
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CAMI Cyber Story: “Reducing Risk Exposure for Global Logistics Firm”

The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI) features Thunderbolt Global Logistics, a leading international freight forwarder/NVOCC and customs broker based in Baltimore City, in this Cyber Story case study. As Thunderbolt arranges shipments of general cargo and oversize machinery to and from the U.S. and worldwide destinations, employees must operate at a fast pace to respond to emails and process transactions. Company leaders realized the risk posed to the business if just one employee was fooled into clicking on a phishing email, opening a malicious attachment, or engaging in unsafe activities online and decided that the best defense would be to increase security awareness to the point it became second nature. They enrolled employees in the Phishgoggles Security Awareness Service. Formerly known as Summit Business Technologies, Phishgoggles is located in Anne Arundel County and trains employees how to recognize malicious emails.

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Access the full EAGB September 2021 Region On Point newsletter here.


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