Prof. Michael Greenberger, founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, and professor at the UM Francis King Carey School of Law, has been appointed by the Honorable Governor Martin O’Malley to the Commission on Maryland Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence.
The purpose of the Commission is to provide guidance for making Maryland the epicenter of cyber security innovation and excellence. The Commission will conduct comprehensive reviews of state and federal cyber security laws and point out any inconsistencies between them.
Prof. Greenberger is one of four commission members representing institutions of higher education located in the state. In all, the Commission has 25 members who represent the Maryland legislative and executive branches, higher education, the private sector and various technology and cyber security boards or councils. The Governor may also invite various officials within federal agencies to serve on the Commission.
The Commission will set policies, standards and best practices for ensuring the security of computer systems and networks used by educational institutions, state government and other organizations that work with health care records, personal identification information, public safety and public service and utilities. Additionally, the Commission will set a strategy to ensure there is a coordinated and effective response to and recovery from cyber attacks. Finally, the Commission will recommend ways to attract private investment and promote innovation through public and private partnerships, research and development, workforce training, and education.
The Commission will produce a final report that will be due to the Governor and the General Assembly on September 1, 2014.