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House GOP Seeks Focus on Small Cyber Firms

House lawmakers are expected to pass legislation this week to encourage the Obama¬†administration to engage more with small, startup cybersecurity firms, an effort supporters say could benefit Maryland’s burgeoning cyber industry.

The legislation, which is set for House passage Tuesday, would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan to collaborate with emerging tech firms as the government and private companies wrestle with cyberattacks.

Thanks largely to the National Security Agency based at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is home to an estimated 1,224 private cyber firms employing more than 10,000 people. The state Commerce Department estimated in 2014 that almost half of those firms employ fewer than 10 people.

Read the full article from the Capital Gazette.


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