National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Dedication Ceremony

August 17, 2019 posted by


[MUSIC] Well good morning everyone. And welcome to this ribbon
cutting ceremony for the National Cybersecurity Center
of Excellence. The center’s a unique partnership
among the federal government, state government and local government
along with 22 industrial partners. I’m Willie May and I’m the Undersecretary
of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of NIST, the National
Institute for Standards and Technology. For those of you in the room,
we at NIST believe in safety first. So please note the several exits here. In case of an unlikely
emergency we have doors there, here and there, so proceed at a due pace, but let’s not run over each other. In case we have an emergency,
which we really don’t expect to have. For those of you watching
the live webcast, thank you for joining us this morning. Today we are honored to celebrate the culmination of more than
two years of hard work. Work to make this new facility possible. We needed an extraordinary array
of talented and skilled and very smart people who are very, very,
passionate about cyber security. Before I introduce some of those people
and our guests here on the stage, I’d like to acknowledge
two very special guests. One in the audience and
one who could not make it here today. In the audience Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of US Department
of Homeland Security.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Who is a key partner with NIST
in our cyber efforts. And not here today, Pat Gallagher, Chancellor of the University of
Pittsburgh and my former boss, and predecessor as Director of NIST who helped
to conceive of the idea of this center. We are also so
happy that you all could join us today. And as I just mentioned, there are a
number of people who are instrumental in making this celebration possible and
it’s my true honor to thank. I’ll start with my boss,
Secretary of State, Penny Pritzker. What did I say? My bad.>>[LAUGH]
>>Secretary of Commerce.>>[LAUGH]
>>Penny Pritzker. Yeah. Secretary Pritzker is a tireless champion
of growing the nation’s digital economy. She has strongly supported NIST and
the NCCOE. Certainly during the time that I have been
director and since she’s been secretary, as a matter of fact. Next we are honored to have distinguished
guests with us today representing our local partners. Maryland lieutenant governor,
Boyd Rutherford.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And Montgomery County Executive, Mike Leggat, Mike.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Both the state of Maryland and Montgomery County put
up $4.5 million each to renovate this beautiful set of
facility that you are in today and we MIST supplemented that by putting up $4 million of our money for this renovation. With those funds,
we retrofitted this facility to accommodate more NCCOE partners and
projects. We’ve expanded from roughly four
labs that we had in the facility about a quarter of a mile from here,
to 22 lab facilities now. That will allow us to expand
the diversity of the projects that we’re engaged in as well as bring in and
work with more partners. But the strong partnership would
not exist without the long standing funding support of
our congressional delegation. We are so honored to have
U.S Congressman John Delaney, who represents the sixth Congressional
district of Maryland as well our two U.S. Senators from Maryland,
Ben Carden and Barbara McCluskey.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And I understand Senator John Sullivan
is also here, Congressman John Sullivan
is also here with us today. [APPLAUSE]
>>I want to particularly note that Senator Mikulski has announced her
plans to retire at the end of the year. And we will miss her so very much. She has been a booster, our patron, and our lawyer friend through thick and
thin for almost four decades. She has contributed immeasurably
to the quality of NIST programs. But perhaps more importantly, her leadership has improved the lives of our
citizen, especially women and children. Laws enacted through her support like
the Mammography Quality Standards Act have strengthened health care
while saving lives and money. We also appreciate her support for
funding the renovation of our 45 plus,
year old radiation physics building, where I worked to support this act,
takes place. NIST new state of the art child
care center, funded through the senator’s backing, is not only
delighting many young, future scientists, but it’s also serving as a tool to help
us at NIST, recruit the diverse and highly qualified staff we need to carry
out our mission, now and in the future. And this celebration would not
be happening today without Senator Mikulski’s hard work to
support our cyber security program. In general, and the concept
behind this center, specifically. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Finally, as we all know, our central goal
at NIST is to grow the economy by working with industry
to accelerate innovation. We’d like to national laboratory and strong partnerships are an absolute,
absolute necessity in this regard. As I’ve mentioned,
the NCCOE has 22 core industry partners. From Fortune 500 market leaders to smaller
companies specializing in IT security. Each has pledged to support
the Senator with their hardware, their software and with their expertise,
and we thank them for that. This is grateful for the supporters,
as well as companies and organizations that have committed
to implementing the center’s initial set of best practice guides for
the financial sector, for the energy sector and
for the healthcare sectors. In particular,
I’m pleased to announce that Intel, Hewlitt-Packard, HITRUST, RESA, Symantec and Splunk have renewed and expanded their commitments
to be NCCOE partners. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE].>>And I also like to announce that
today New york power authorities is pledging to implement one of our practice
guys develop for energy products. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE].>>And at this point rather than hear me
go on, I’d like to introduce my boss, Secretary of Commerce,
[LAUGH] Penny Pritzker.>>[APPLAUSE].>>Throughout her long executive career
in both business and governments, Secretary Pritzker has demonstrated that
strong cybersecurity starts at the top. Please join me in welcoming Secretary
of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Willy, thank you very much. For those of you who’ve not had
the good fortune of knowing Willy for a very long time, he’s truly one
of the kindest, sweetest, and smartest people I’ve ever met. He grew up in segregated
Birmingham in the 50s and 60s. And Willy had to overcome significant
challenges to find success in his life. His rise at NIST is really
extraordinary from starting as a research chemist 40 years ago
at NIST to his rise to director. It’s truly a testament to your work ethic, your talent, your smarts and some luck. And I say luck on purpose
because I fundamentally believe that luck is when opportunity
meets preparation. And one thing I know about Willie, he’s
one of the most prepared people I know. And he also, when he sees an opportunity,
he jumps right on it. So under your leadership, Willie,
NIST is a go-to department for everything from manufacturing to
standards development to cybersecurity. And we really thank you for
your leadership. I wanna begin today with a number, 24, 24%. Three years ago a survey found that
only 24% of corporate boards were very engaged in managing their
company’s cyber security risks. Today, 83% of boards are at least moderately engaged in
addressing this risk. And while this is an improvement,
I’m actually shocked that it’s not 100% of boards who do
not view this as a top priority. It is absolutely imperative
that all of us public and private regardless of our organizations
address cyber security threats, with as much urgency as we
do public health crisis, natural disasters and wartime threats. Cybersecurity is not a traditional
national security issue to be handled only by our military and
our intelligence services. This threat is against all of us and
the necessary steps to secure our digital assets which frankly given the
internet of things are all of or assets. It requires all of us. Companies and their board members
are on our country’s front lines to secure our nation’s
intellectual property. The integrity of our financial systems,
our electric grid, our communications network,
our healthcare records, our personal information,
and so much more. This means that every American needs
to truly understand what’s at stake. That American businesses
to exercise vigilance and dynamic cyber security risk management. And that robust public and
private partnerships must coordinate to find and
deliver solutions to cyber threats. Today’s celebration of this newly
expanded National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence marks an important milestone
in our efforts to combat cyberattacks. As Willie said, this was established
about three years ago by NIST, and this center works with members of
industry with the local government, with the federal government,
various parts of our federal government to identify broad
cyber security challenges and to develop technological solutions
that enable companies of all sizes and the government to better
protect ourselves. As Willie mentioned,
the Senator has 22 core partners. These organizations work on focusing. They’re focused on solution oriented
projects that better secure our systems, that I mentioned previously and
we’re grateful for those partnerships. They are so important to the success here. However, that is not enough. Some of your peers,
are not represented here. By expanding its facility,
the center is now has greater capacity to add new partners and
take on new projects. And we need everyone’s help. So I hope you will reach out to your
peers and encourage them to participate. We need every company from across
every sector to bring cyber security issues to the center, and
commit to working with us to find and implement innovative solutions. Urgent, effective, and
constant collaboration among industry government and
civil society is the only way to protect our country against
the growing threats in cyberspace. The success of this collaboration
depends on four elements. First, the development of
technical solutions like the work that’s being done here. Second is a common language for
any organization and all its people. Not just IT experts but
business leaders and risk mangers. Cabinet members and CIO’s. To understand, manage and
communicate cyber security risk both internally in our
organizations and externally. Working with more than 3,000 stakeholders, NIST created this language by developing
the cyber security framework. And Mark Mcglothlin, the CEO of
Palo Alto Networks recently told me that the framework is essential for
industry and government to communicate and partner,
to address cyber security risks. Third, we need clear,
efficient structures that enable collaboration and information sharing. These formal policies, laws and
partnerships have been established in recent years by legislation and
by Presidential executive orders and directives to
improve cyber threat information sharing. And finally, we need collaborative action. Across all sectors and levels of industry,
government, and society. Right now we have the basics in place. But I want to be clear. We still have a long way to go
to get the real time constant collaboration that we need
to address this threat. We have a choice. We can engage in well coordinated and in urgent public-private coordination. Or we can choose to stay within
our silos and watch as hackers and cyber thieves continue to threaten
our national and economic security. So the stakes are clear. We cannot afford to stand alone and wait. We need to share information
with one another, and to be bold in our aspirations. So together, I know working together,
if we do that, we will design a system
that leads the world and protects our nation’s
vibrant digital economy. Now, before I introduce our next speaker
I want to thank all of our electives for being here today. We need your support, and
we need your collaboration. Both at the federal level and
at the local, state, and county level. Because the issues don’t live in silos. They live in our world. And as we expand the Internet of things,
the issue only becomes greater. Now it is my distinct honor to
introduce Senator Barbara Mikulski. She personally fought to include
funding for this center in this budget. And she helped us secure funding for
two commerce-led National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes,
where U.S. private sector and academia will collaborate to take industry
relevant technologies from lab to market. Senator, thank you for
being a long time champion of NIST. And our department. When I became secretary you
took me under your wing and you’ve been such an inspiration to me, as a public servant,
as a policy maker, and as a friend. And on behalf of myself and the more than 44,000 people that
worked at the commerce department. Thank you for all that you have done to support our work over
your 39 years of service. Our country will deeply
missed you next year so, please welcome join me welcoming my
dear friend Senator Barbara Mikulski.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you very much Secretary Pritzker, and to all of you, to you, Willie May,
for your also wonderful direction. First of all, just really Secretary
Pritzker, it means so much to us and the people that work at this that you
yourself came to this ribbon cutting. It shows the importance [APPLAUSE]
that this has not only in the department of commerce but also to
the president of the United States. Today the president is
releasing his budget. It’s his vast budget. As the president, usually a cabinet
secretary is working the phones but today she is going to be right
here working the rope line. I think that shows what a big
priority you place when this, and the role that this center will
play in terms of the development. When Willy called her the secretary of
the state, in a way she has kind of been. Because she has been President Obama’s
personal ambassador to American business, his personal ambassador to
reach out to big businesses, big or small,
traditional manufacturing or high tech. In tech we always see on
the verge of being born. And I think she’s been one
hell of an ambassador. And if you wanna be Secretary of State,
give me a call, I might put in a good word.>>[LAUGH]
>>And sell them, but really, your dynamic
leadership has brought energy, know-how business savvy, and
vision to the department of commerce. I’m also pleased to be here
with the leadership of NIST, members of my own Congressional
delegation, certainly the lieutenant governor representing Governor Hogan,
and didn’t he do a good job? A great job? During Governor Hogan’s
most recent challenge? We ought to do a special, [APPLAUSE]
good old expression of gratitude here. [APPLAUSE] With academia, the chancellor
of the University of Maryland, such an important partner of the
intellectual wicker that is represented in this institution and
businesses big and small. Each one of us from the congressional
delegation played a role. I am a member of
the appropriations committee, depending on the party you empower. Whether I’ve been the chair or
the vice chair, quite frankly, I like being chair better,
but I’ll take what I can get. But I also chair the subcommittee
on the commerce department. And if you’ve been the senator for Maryland on the appropriations committee,
commerce is really important here. It is the national institutes of standard, thousands of people who
work here every day. It is Noah over there helping us
with our atmosphere and our weather. And our weather satellites at suit in
Maryland, and right Secretary Pritzger and I were hands on to modernize
our weather service. We were, after Hurricane Sandy, made a big investment in making sure
that the weather service on the campus of M3 at the University of
Maryland received a supercomputer. So we don’t have to screw
around anymore waiting for that European model,
we’ve got our own American model. It’s right here in the Outer Banks
of College Park and you’re gonna know what the commute
times are gonna be like, and Ike, my very good friend, is gonna know what
he needs to deploy and when to deploy it. So we’re very proud of
the many agencies here. And by the way, a special shout out for Ike Leggett who I’ve so
enjoyed working with these many years. What a great leader. Whether it was in the city council-
>>[APPLAUSE]>>Always worrying about this county today and
worrying about this county tomorrow. So today is a good news day, and
I’m very proud once again to be here on a campus related to
the National Institutes of Standards. I love NIST. I’m just crazy about NIST and
so should America. Because it is here at the National
Institutes of Standard right here in Gaithersburg that we
invent the standards for American business to build
products that they can sell not only in the United States, but
that they can sell around the world. We invent the standards and we always have to make sure that
in the world of global commerce, we have American standards for business,
not Chinese standards for business. And we need to make the public
investments to make sure that happens. And look what they do here. I am so proud of the fact that
right up there at Gaithersburg, that they worked on fire and
earthquake-resilient buildings. That I’ve met with them when they were
working with icons from the automobile industry, icons from Detroit and
icons from Tennessee, who were working together collaboratively
with the genius club here at NIST, when new kinds of automotive
materials to make it lighter for energy consumption but
safer for the consumer. The standard for collaboration was gonna
be when the new kind of material to build automobiles and then the private sector
competes on its individual models. Wow, and then a special thing for
me is when I worked with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to
pass the Mammogram Standard Quality Act. You know, many years ago, if a lady went
for a mammogram, there were no standards. In some parts of the country, they used x-ray equipment,
they used sonogram equipment. Anybody could make mammogram equipment,
but they didn’t have to be uniform so our great doctors didn’t
know what they were getting. Kay and I passed the law, but it was here at NIST that
they invented the standards. So whether now, if you are a woman in
Duluth, or you are a woman in Dubai, if you buy American-manufactured
mammogram equipment, you know it meets the national standards
for FDA and the National Institute. The world’s better and safer because
of NIST, and I’m proud of them. I’m proud of the men and
women who work here. They’ve won MacArthur Genius awards,
they’ve won Nobel Prizes, they even won an Emmy for
co-inventing closed captioning. Isn’t this a cool place to be? So we are really proud of them, but
I’m proud of the employees because in addition to setting standard for products
they set the standards for excellence. To all of you here at NIST,
just know I think about you. And I think about how you set
the standards for intellectual rigor, for competence in the technical work
that you do, for dedication, for holding your breath and staying
close to it when we face sequester. You have set the standard of excellence
for what federal employees should be, what civil servants mean, and though you won Nobel Prizes, you sure in heck
are helping us win the markets. So we need to be proud of them. But you know, as we worked on so
many fields here, we needed to look ahead at the new fields for which
America was facing challenges and for which America was wanting
to invent new products. That took us to the field
of cybersecurity. I was here a couple years ago with
Governor O’Malley when we had an announcement about how Maryland
was the epicenter of cybersecurity. We have the mothership like
the National Security Agency. We have new frontiers of knowledge,
like the Intelligence ARPA that again is on the grounds of
the University of Maryland M3. And we also knew that right here at NIST,
that they were developing standards for new cybersecurity products that we
could sell in our own country and safely, meeting our standards for
national security, sell around the world. But what we also knew is that
though we were the epicenter, where could the private sector
go if they had a problem? If they had a problem
with cybersecurity or they had a problem wanting to make
products in the cybersecurity world. They needed a civilian
agency to work with. They couldn’t dial up
the National Security Agency and say, hey, you got any ideas?>>[LAUGH]
>>Whoa. And no matter what Snowden says,
you really couldn’t do that.>>[LAUGH]
>>[LAUGH] And they didn’t know that you
were doing it either. But in reality they
needed a civilian portal. And this is where, working again
with Maryland DBED, first under Governor O’Malley’s initiative but
carried forth in the Hogan administration under the governor himself in his
economic development, Mike Gill, again, not about party but about people and
jobs, we have continued working with this. And Ike Leggett made sure
we had the right space, we had the right help from
the state government, and then with our work in the delegation team Maryland
we came up with the right money. That’s what we’ve been working on so that
the private sector had a civilian agency. And if they wanted to know
how to fix a cyber problem, whether you were worried about
the New York power grid, Ted Koppel was sending us an alert
about the threats to the power grid. He can write the books, but it’s here at NIST that we write
the standards to protect the power grid. This is what it’s all about. And for financial services, whether you are big banks dealing in the
global world or you’re a small savings and loan, you want to know how
you’re able to protect yourself. And it goes on and on. There is no part of our economy
that does not face cyber threats. Whether it’s the government that’s been
hacked, the private sector, big or small, we’ve got to be able to protect ourselves. But while we’re coming up with
the solutions to protect ourselves, we also need to invent
the products that protect ourselves to prevent bad
things from happening. We want jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs. And this is where
cybersecurity again comes in, not only to be scared to death about it,
but to see it as an opportunity. An opportunity for
again working with American standards we developed the product to protect
ourselves whether it’s dot gov, whether it’s dot mil or
whether it’s dot com. That’s why with my job on
the Subcommittee on Commerce, I wanted to make what I considered
was a significant investment here with an agency that knows what to do,
how to do it and how to work with the private sector,
because they’ve been doing it for close to a hundred years,
to do it right here at NIST. So that the private sector
would have a civilian agency, government would play a role in providing
the standards and technical assistance, and at the end of the day We would be
a safer country, a stronger economy. We would be better off in
the world would be better off so working again with Secretary Pritzker,
President Obama, we were able to do this. I could go through the dollars and
so on, but I want you to know I put on my green eye
shade, looked at all of that and said, we can move a little of this around, and
we can move a little of that around and pretty soon we began to move this
project and really get it done. So as I wrap up here, I just want you to
know I was very pleased to play a role, but I’m very pleased to have
the delegation that I have. Senator Karnes wise counsel, particularly of all of these issues
impacting small to medium size business. Especially also minority business
was just invaluable as well as this council from foreign relations, one of
the numerous threats we were facing. And the two Johns up here John Sarban and
John Delaney, really were just fabulous
using their committees and their cloud to be able to move
this appropriations through. So we worked here but we couldn’t have
done it without the executive branch and President Obama and the Secretary,
without the governor and his help without Ike Leggett. We’re here in Councilman Hannas,
a building named after him. I knew, Mr. Hanna. He was a Republican. So what?>>[LAUGH]
>>We gotta get over this. We gotta get over this,
we gotta start think about, not who’s what and
putting labels on people. The label I wanna see is on American
product that says made on USA. You can count on it because it
meets the American standards, invented right here in Gaithersburg. God bless you and God bless America.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Senator Mikulski. Thank you for
your support over all of these years. Both you and I have something in common,
we’ve loved and supported this organization for
about one-third of it’s existence.>>Wow.>>[LAUGH]
>>And certainly speaking for this, we will continue to work hard,
to earn the respect and regard that you’ve shown to us and
for us over all these years. Thank you, again. And I’m also pleased to be able to
introduce another good friend of NIST, Senator Ben Cardin. He has been a steady and resolute
supporter of NIST and our mission. Please help me welcome to the podium,
Senator Cardin.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Dr. Maith, thank you very much. When you look at a program, and
one of the first things you do when you’re a speaker is see who
you’re following on the podium.>>[LAUGH]
>>So Senator Mikulski, I want you to know, the only thing, the
only reason that I’m looking forward to next year when I’m the senior Senator is I
won’t have to follow you to the podium and be compared in remarks, but Dr.
Maith, first of all, thank you. And Senator Mikulski said it best. The people who work here, work at NIST,
you’re the best in the world. The talent that you bring to this
mission that is so critically important to US commerce, so critically important to US security, so
critically important to our economy, to our way of life, to American
leadership in commerce globally. You do this the best in the world. And sometimes Congress has
a strange way of saying thank you. But we very much appreciate your
dedication to public service I just wanted you to know that
our delegation recognizes that our strength is really in
the people in this room. The people that have devoted their life
to public service and our agencies and thank you on behalf of the people of
America for the work that you do. And Secretary Pritzker thank you for
being here but more importantly thank you for
your incredible leadership at commerce. Senator Mikulski, again, said it best. You have brought a common sense
approach to the nation’s commerce in a critically important agency and
it brought us together in focus. Tell America, not only the strongest
economy in the world in international commerce but
will remain the strongest in the world through the leadership that
you have bought to commerce. So I thank you very much again for everything that you have
done to make this possible.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>So Senator Mikulski talked all that team Maryland and
we talk about that frequently, but I must tell you there are many,
50 states we that have in this country. I don’t think any state is
as organized in its focus as team Maryland has been over the years. Now, we look at it, what happened on BRAC,
which is Base Realignment and Closure. Every BRAC round,
Maryland has gained jobs. The only state of the nation that can
brag us to what we been able to do. We think we got that because, we have
the best people and the best missions, etc., the team Maryland was organized
to get that message cross in our political system. And team Maryland is not
just your federal team. It’s your state and local team. Governor Rutherford, thank you and
the Hogan Administration for continuing that close working
relationship between our state and our federal and local governments. We appreciate that. And to Ike Leggett, I must tell you, I
don’t know if there’s a more difficult job in the country than being the County
Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland. You give the president a run for the money as far as the complexities,
the diversity of this county. But there is no county like Montgomery
County, Maryland, that steps forward not just in leadership for
the people that live here but in your national leadership, and
what you do for our country. You’ve done it for veterans, and
we’ve used your program nationally. And you’re doing it here in Cybersecurity. And I just thank Ike Leggett,
because he’s been an incredible leader for Montgomery County and
our nation, he’s the best. Thank you Ike for everything
you’ve done throughout your years.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>You need to know that because look our federal team,
we’re proud of our federal team. John Delaney brings common business
experience to United States Capital. That’s so desperately needed. You couldn’t have a better person to understand what is being done right
here at this center than John Delaney. Understanding the challenges of
business and how just business needs to use best practices and
share that and have national standards. He brings that leadership to
the House of Representatives and John Sarbanes serving on the Energy and
Commerce Committee.>>Understands what we
need to do as a nation. One of the great leaders in
the house of representatives and Chris Van Hollen who is your
leader on the budget committee. Budget committee, the resources
standing up for what’s right. We have a great federal team,
but let me tell you something. It’s been said and I’m gonna say it again. The captain of our team, our leader. When you have a person
from your own community, sometimes you just don’t realize
how great that person is. Sometimes, you don’t realize
what a national leader you have from your own community. The people of Highlandtown don’t really
understand just how important the person who came from Highlandtown has been
globally to America’s leadership, how inspirational she has been for
people, for women to be able to say,
we can go and do whatever we want. She’s been a model, but also through
action has made that a reality. And yes, I must tell you this center, the leader on this center was Barbara
Mikulski, make no mistake about it. And we are proud that Senator
Barbara Mikulski is our own and yes, we’ll share her with the nation and
her leadership. Barbara, thank you for everything that
you have done to make today possible.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And your incredible leadership over and over again.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>So let me just spend a minute or two just talking about what’s at
stake here, because I serve on the Senate Foreign Relation’s Committee,
so I get to see what’s happening globally. I also serve the small business committee
and I see the struggles of small businesses every day, which is the growth
engine here in Montgomery County, Maryland and every county in the nation. It’s the growth engine,
it’s where the ingenuity comes from. We love the big companies,
their important, but the small business
brings that ingenuity. And every day, small businesses and
big businesses and US governments and local governments
are being attacked every day. In 2014, there were over 40
million cyber attacks globally. That was a 50% increase
from the year before. We could expect that to continue. What keeps this up is that disgruntled
employee that we saw a demonstration of, who wants to cause some harm and
has access to cause harm. What keeps us up at night is
the modern day Jesse James. Wanna make money by
stealing on the internet. What keeps us up are terrorists
refining ways to get into our internet to disrupt our financial system, our
transportation system, our energy grid. And yes, our national security abilities. All being challenged
through cyber terrorists. And yes, there are cyber armies out there. Governments that are trying
to compromise America, if our federal work force saw
their records compromised or ask major companies that have
seen their businesses disrupted by government sponsored
attacks on America. We’ve got to be smarter about this. We’ve got to figure out ways to
share these best practices and that’s what this center
of excellence does. It takes the ingenuity
in the private sector. We have private sector partners. We can’t do it without
the private sector partners. We need our academic partners,
University of Maryland. Thank you. Bob Corker, thank you for
your leadership and recognizing that. We have a lot of things going for
us at Maryland, federal installations of federal facilities, the national
cyber center at NSA at Fort Meade. We have a lot of things going for
us, but we’ve got to be able to be better at this and that’s what
the center reacts wants us all about. Sharing that information,
bringing us together, developing the national standards
to make this a reality. That’s why we’re also pleased
to be here today to say, what’s being done here in
Montgomery County, Maryland. Yes, it will help the state economy,
Governor. Over a hundred thousand
jobs we have in cyber and Maryland today, over $30 billion
in our economy, but guess what? It’s helping this country. What’s being done here today is critically
important to America’s security. It’s physical security, it’s economic
security and that’s why we’re all so proud to be part of this team and
do everything we can to to make sure that we continue that
support for America’s security. I’m proud to represent you along with team
Maryland in the United States Senate. Thank you all very much.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you so much, Senator Cardin and I guess I know, but you don’t know that
he really went to great lengths to, rearrange his schedule to
be here with us today. Thank you so much. Now let us welcome our good friend,
Congressman John Delaney to the podium. Representative Delaney has been
a strong advocate for our people and our programs here at NIST and we are so
glad that he could be here with us today.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you Willie and I will be brief. I’ll start by saying, how proud I am to represent NIST in
the congress of the United States. For all the reasons that
Senator Mikulski touched on and Senator Cardin touched on and Secretary
Pritzker, NIST is a singular organization. Bringing unusual analytical capabilities
and a collaborative spirit to so many things that
are important to our country. I wanna also congratulate our
incomparable county executive, I’d like it for another big win here. He saw this before anyone else did and
saw the opportunity. In this facility,
I wanna thank the lieutenant governor for his support of this program. Obviously, it’s a privilege
to be part of team Maryland. You can tell from their spirit and Senator Mikulski made one point that I do
wanna highlight that I think is important. She said, when we’re going
through the appropriations process that she put on her visor and
moved some money around and moved it into Maryland and
she’s been doing that for a long time. And the benefits to the State of
Maryland in terms of bringing the kind of employees that we have at
NIST with the capabilities and insights and
intellectual capital at NSA, at the NIH. The benefits to this
state are extraordinary, if you look at the effect
that it’s had on our economy. But even more important, the benefit
to the citizens of the United States, the return on the investment that
the citizens of the United States and the taxpayers have had for these investments that have
been made in Maryland. If you think about the capabilities
that have been created and how important they are for our future,
it’s really been a double bottom line for this state and for our country. And then of course, we’re all blessed
with Secretary Pritzker’s leadership and presence here today. I think everyone knows what
an accomplished individual she is prior to her service in government, she was a world
class leader in the private sector. So she understands as well
as anyone the risks and the threats not only to
the competitiveness of US businesses, but to the stability of our businesses and
to the citizens who interact with them.>>But with every challenge,
there’s also an opportunity and I do think the opportunity for the State
of Maryland in cybersecurity is really unmatched when you think
about it across time. And that’s why it’s so
important we continue to invest and foster the growth of
organizations like NIST. Around the world, private corporations spend about $4
trillion on information technology. That’s not governments, that’s just
private corporations, $4 trillion. And off that $4 trillion they spend
on the information technology, they spend about 80
billion on cybersecurity. So, they spent 2% of their information
technology budget on cybersecurity. Most experts think they should
be spending 10% of their budget, just like the government,
whose under invested in cyber here and governments around the world, so has the
private sector under invested in cyber. That won’t last. In ten years, the global private
information technology business will grow from 4 trillion to 8 billion,
they joined. And if they finally invest 10%, that
means they will be investing 800 billion. So if you do the math,
investment in cybersecurity in the private sector is gonna go from
80 billion to 800 billion over 10 years. That’s a very good business
opportunity for the State of Maryland. Because of Senator Mikulski, Senator
Cardin, my colleague, John Sarbanes and the rest of the federal delegation and
our predecessors, we’ve been making the investments here in
Maryland to create the kind of capability. Whether it be here at NIST, at the NSA and all the other wonderful
enterprises here in Maryland. This is really a great growth
opportunity for our economy. So as Marylanders,
we should all be very fortunate that these investments are being made here with
these kind of high-quality people, creating the intellectual
capital in our state. So that when private companies come
to NIST, come to this facility, they’re coming to Maryland and they’re realizing this is the place
to do business in this world. So, it’s really important
what we’re doing here. God bless you and
I wanna thank everyone for being here.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you so much, Congressman Delaney. And next, I’d like to welcome to
the podium Congressman John Sarbanes, representing the Third District
of Maryland. As a member of the Energy and Commerce
Committee of the House, he is focused on the vital issues of the digital
economy that we are discussing today. Congressman Sarbanes.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Good morning, everybody. I’m gonna be brief and really don’t worry,
many people have step in to the twilight zone of confusion that exist when you’re
surveying on the State of Maryland. So don’t worry about that, I wanna
welcome Secretary Pritzker here today. Madame Secretary, I feel as though,
my time in congress, my ten years has been serve a grand
tour of the Department of Commerce, I was on the committee
on Natural Resources and we had testimony they came from
Noah on many, many occasions. I serve on the over site on government
reform committee when we were leaning in to 201 census,
which is also under your jurisdiction and we gotta lot of testimony there and
then I started on this Science and Technology Committee and
now on the Energy and Commerce Committee. And obviously, have a lot of
experience with what’s happening here with the National Institute for
Standards and Technology. So, it’s a big job. It’s an incredibly consequential role for
our government and for our country and thank you for
being here today. Speaking of grand tours,
Senator Mikulski is on the well deserved grand
tour of appreciation for her time in the US Congress and
Senator Cardin. People in Highlandtown and
I represent Highlandtown, they may not know the full extent of
Senator Mikulski impact on this country. But they love her dearly, because she
is fought from them from day one. So that long arm, we’re gonna miss
the long arm of Senator Mikulski in terms of reaching out and finding
resources not just that are good for the State of Maryland,
but good for our country. John Delaney gave you the math that makes
a difference for the State of Maryland. I think that’s a pretty visionary
way to sort of catalog what this opportunity can mean for our state and I
want to salute the lieutenant governor for being here, the support of the state
of Maryland for this project, but I also want to give special credit and
thanks to Isiah Leggett. I’ve been in congress ten years, I’ve only been in Montgomery County
portion of the Third District for four, but in those four years,
I’ve come to understand what an incredible advocate he is for businesses and
communities here in Montgomery County. He’s always keeping the county on
the leading edge of building partnerships. This is an example of it,
so it’s no surprise that he grabbed this opportunity with both
hands and helped to make it happen. This center is a critical resource not
just in terms of what it will mean for jobs here in the State of Maryland,
but what it means for our country. We had the opportunity
the other day on the Energy and Commerce Committee to get a classified
briefing on the exposure now, the vulnerability that our energy
systems have to cyber attack as the grid gets smarter the opportunity for
attack from remote sources increases and we all have to be working
together to combat those attacks. So, it’s hard to overstate
how critical this resource is gonna be in terms
of making that happen. And so I would just like to say, as I sit down here that every day when you
get up and you get through your day and you get home and somebody says how
was your day and you say it was fine. It was fine, because all of these things along
the way happened without interruption. And just about all of
those things in your day, that make your day work are now
vulnerable to cyber attack. This is serious stuff. It’s really sobering when you think about
it and lives are at stake every day. And so this resource is gonna
make a huge difference for our country and I look forward to
working with the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence here to make sure that
we’re keeping our communities safe, keeping them secure and
keeping them forward looking. Thank you all very much.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Before we get to our next speaker, I’d like to also
acknowledge the staff from Congressperson’s Van Hollen,
Edwards and Harris. Welcome you all to today’s event. Our next speaker is
Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford. Prior to joining
Governor Hogan in Annapolis, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford
held executive positions in several federal and
state agencies. He also has extensive
experience in business, in law, in information technology and
in business development. Please join me in welcoming Lieutenant
Governor Rutherford to the podium.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Well thank you very much Willie, I won’t call you say, hey kid, for
those of us who remember that. But, appreciate your efforts here. It’s great to be here today,
to be part of the ceremony, celebrating the National Cyber Security Center of
Excellence, here in Montgomery County. Ike and I have in common,
a Howard University connection, so I’d like to shout-out Howard and
shout-out Ike at the same time. But cyber threat, I did hear that. Cyber threats are one of the most
compelling issues of our time. They threaten our infrastructure,
our economy, and our way of life. But in the face of that threat,
no state is better equipped and positioned than Maryland to address
these immersion challenges. We have the National Security Agency,
the US Cyber Command Center, the Defense Information Systems Agency,
as well as this center here today. 14 of the top 500 cyber security
companies have locations here. And with the workforce of more than 10,000
cyber warriors, they’re fueled by students from our colleges and universities,
as well as our community colleges. Together, Maryland cyber security
sector addresses the challenges of the country’s digital infrastructure
and reinforces the state’s position as senator had mentioned,
the epicenter for cyber security. To advance these goals, the state has
partnered with federal government. The county of the to establish
this center we celebrate today. And it’s one of the first,
if not the very first enterprise that brings together the expertise of
government, industry, academia and the workforce to address these challenges. The state of Maryland
invested over $5 million and the National Cyber Security Center
of Excellence and there was an additional financing by
MEDCO, Bob Brennan out here today. To make this very important public,
private partnership. So today, from its new home,
this facility will continue it’s vital work in developing solutions to our
nation’s national security challenges. I congratulate NIST and everyone involved. The success of this agency is
a success for Maryland, and a success of the country. Thank you very much. [APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Lt Governor Rutherford. In this county, Isiah Leggett Hartley
needs an introduction. He has been our county executive not once,
but twice. He’s also served on the county council,
and been its president and its vice-president on three
separate occasions each. He’s also been very supportive of NIST. Please join me in welcoming to the podium, County Executive Ike Leggett. [APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you. I’m not gonna hold you long. And I’ve been just smiling down at the
end, every time someone recognize me and the contributions that
I allegedly had made. [LAUGH] But
let me set the record straight and tell you why the three
reasons why I was smiling. The first reason is
Senator Cardin said that you know, I had this idea, that’s not quite correct. Our team captain,
our quarterback Barb Lakosky had the idea, the vision, the leadership. I just had the wisdom to follow her.>>[LAUGH]
>>The second reason I was smiling is because, whenever my grand kids
hear me talking about technology and all the great things that we are doing
here in Montgomery County from all through Montgomery county
to this center today. They are just laughing,
because every time I need help with the computer,
I call on my grand kids. They’re wondering, saying, this guy is
head of this county of a million people a budget that’s $5 billion, and all this
great technology that Montgomery County continues to advance each and every day. How does he do that? Three simple reasons. One, my motto in the County to
my leaders is the following. When I plug it in,
I turn it on, it better work. Secondly, I want to
know how much it costs. And thirdly, did we get it
before Fairfax County Virginia?>>[LAUGH]
[APPLAUSE]>>And thus far, is working. [LAUGH] Last night,
we saw a great football team. And Peyton Manning has the luxury of leaving as a two time Super Bowl winner. But our quarterback, Senator Mikulski,
is not only a two time winner. She is a. And she is retiring as I
call her the rainmaker. Not just for this Center. You look at transportation, the purple
line, and all the things that we see in Montgomery County, whether it’s
the environment, public safety, education. She has won Superbowl’s after Superbowl’s
for Montgomery County and for the state of Maryland, each and every year
lets give her another round of applause [APPLAUSE] for our great Captain retiring
as a Superbowl multi-winner, Barbara. [APPLAUSE] Now, part of the rationale for this is certainly.>>This center will provide innovative
solutions to address cyber security challenges, faced by every
industry sector in the nation. But for us in Montgomery County and
for the state, this center also represents an important
milestone, as we drive the transition of our local economy, programs around
the state to attract and retain companies. Provide advanced networking
connectivity and offer assistance to small business and
start ups. It can do all of this. It does so, because of the leadership,
the vision, and all the work that we
have accomplished together. And finally, let me say, the last thing I’ll expound about is that
we are at a ribbon cutting ceremony. And I repeatedly said, I like coming
to ground breaking ceremonies and signing ceremonies. But I love coming to ribbon
cutting ceremonies and we’re gonna cut a ribbon today,
because we’ve hit a milestone of success. Thank you very much. [APPLAUSE].
[APPLAUSE]>>I’m sorry?>>[INAUDIBLE].>>Okay. It’s now time to make things official. Will our speakers please join me here and our cyber cutting ribbon over here. Our senior Senator from Maryland,
and I think you know her name, will do the honors. And to show how critical our extended
partners are, in the success of this organization, I would like to
invite the following speakers and partners to join the stage,
Michael Brown, CEO of Symantec. Robert Caret,
Chancellor University of Maryland System. Dean Garfield, President and
CEO of The Information Technology Council. Alfred Grasso, President and CEO of the Mitre Corporation. Gil Quinones,
CEO of New York Power Authority. And Amit Yoran, CEO of our essay.>>[LAUGH]>>Five, four, three, two, one, yeah.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE] [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGH] [MUSIC]

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