New partnership strengthens transatlantic cooperation for cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is not conceivable within national borders, but requires global cooperation and reliable collaboration with friends and allies. With this in mind, the Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. is intensifying its cooperation with American partners by opening its first U.S. office in Howard County, Maryland.
“In these uncertain times, our transatlantic partnership is becoming increasingly important. We want to bring the strengths of our two nations to the Howard County cybersecurity ecosystem to enable security for business, government, academia and society,” said Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, president of Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. at the opening ceremony.
Together with Larry Twele (CEO Howard County Economic Development Authority HCEDA) and Dr. Calvin Ball (Howard County Executive), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to create a German-American platform of trust for cooperation on important cyber and information security issues as well as B2B exchange
“HCEDA is proud of this new partnership with the Cyber Security Council of Germany (Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V.) Our Maryland Innovation Center will serve as a dynamic hub of services and a strong network of local and national leaders in the cybersecurity industry for the association and its members,” said Larry Twele.
“This partnership is a great step forward in connecting the Howard County economy to the world and providing a pathway for German companies to expand into the region,” said Dr. Calvin Ball.
The opening took place as part of a delegation trip by CSRD e.V. and its members that included strategic meetings in Washington DC and Maryland. This included meetings with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith, Ft. Meade Alliance, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratories, and cybersecurity and technology leaders.
The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. was founded in August 2012 by renowned personalities. The Berlin-based association is politically neutral and advises companies, authorities and political decision-makers in the field of cyber security. The association’s members include large and medium-sized companies, operators of critical infrastructures as well as federal states and federal institutions, experts and political decision-makers with a connection to cyber security. Through its members, the association represents more than three million workers from the business community and nearly two million members from associations and organizations.
The Howard County Economic Development Authority is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses and attracting corporate/regional headquarters.
V.i.S.d.P.: Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, President, Cyber Security Council Germany e.V.