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Corporate security threats drive a shift for Maryland's government-focused cyber industry

Corporate security threats drive a shift for Maryland's government-focused cyber industry

It's long been a knock on the region's technology community that its ingenuity, which otherwise might spawn the next Google, is instead sucked up by the federal government's massive presence.

But with each revelation of another big corporate data breach — and as federal budget pressures squeeze potential profits — it makes less sense for the region's top cyber minds to stick strictly to government contracting. It's looking a lot more lucrative now to seek out businesses willing to spend big bucks to protect their and their customers' sensitive data.

That's translating into a surge of companies looking to turn the cybersecurity expertise gained at defense and...

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