The Specter and Meltdown Vulnerabilities: a CPU/Architecture Perspective

The Specter and Meltdown Vulnerabilities: a CPU/Architecture Perspective

Specter and Meltdown, names given to a recently discovered vulnerability that affects almost every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. If exploited, attackers could gain access to data previously considered completely protected. The Specter and Meltdown flaws work by exploiting two important techniques used to make CPU chips execute faster, called speculative execution and caching. read more

We Digitized Our Lives, We Just Forgot to Secure Them

We Digitized Our Lives, We Just Forgot to Secure Them

We are a connected, digital society that depends heavily on networks, databases and other digital systems to operate. Almost every aspect of our lives, from the most basic tasks at the workplace to our personal communication and social interactions, to the way we shop and the tools we use to study and learn, depends on some form of electronic interaction or data exchange. These digital environments are practical, useful and fast, but in our excitement to use, leverage and widely deploy them, we have forgotten to secure them. read more

For Companies, Defense is Still the Best Defense

For Companies, Defense is Still the Best Defense

As a strategy, attacking one’s enemies as a way to protect oneself has been promoted  throughout history as the best kind of defense. This doctrine has been suggested by Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and even Abraham Lincoln when he referred to “…offensive operations, being the surest, if not the only means of defence…” [1]. read more

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Protecting Innovation Protects Patients and Our Economy

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Protecting Innovation Protects Patients and Our Economy

Innovation is at the heart of Maryland’s economy and the wellbeing of patients in our state. New, groundbreaking cures and treatments save and extend the lives of patients, pushing the bounds of modern medicine, for the benefit of all. Innovative companies are able to leverage Maryland’s combination of technology know-how, business-friendly climate, and highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce to produce these cures and provide hundreds of thousands of Marylanders with well-paying jobs. read more

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Support Senate Bill 1188

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Support Senate Bill 1188

We’re for new rules for the new economy…. 

We’re the most Innovative State in the Nation.

We have around 12,000 IT companies – second only to Silicon Valley.

We’re the cyber security capital of the United States, home to the National Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and around 1,200 cyber security companies. read more

Can non-degreed, skilled workers thrive in the biotech ecosystem?

Can non-degreed, skilled workers thrive in the biotech ecosystem?

The skills to pay the bills, 20 years ago, was the catch phrase that started the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI) a non-profit located in Baltimore, MD.   Margaret Penno, Ph.D,  a researcher at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, had the idea that as the regions bioscience enterprise develops, everyone should be included.  In other words, a rising tide raises all boats.  Since its founding, BTI has trained entry-level lab technicians in R & D, production and bio-manufacturing positions at institutions like Johns Hopkins and at local biotech companies such as Emergent Biosolutions and Becton Dickenson to name a few employers of our graduates. Three assumptions are the foundations of BTI. The first is that there are good people that are under and unemployed that can do the work if trained properly.  The second, is that those trained cannot afford the cost or time constraints of a college education. They need to work and BTI does not charge a tuition. And third, as biomanufacturing matures, college graduates will not want to do the repetitive critical tasks associated with “working on the factory floor.”  As it turns out, these assumptions were correct. read more

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Let’s Bring 5G to Maryland!

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Let’s Bring 5G to Maryland!

We’re for new rules for the new economy….

We’re the most Innovative State in the Nation.

We have around 12,000 IT companies – second only to Silicon Valley.

We’re the cyber security capital of the United States, home to the National Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and around 1,200 cyber security companies. read more

We need non-traditional ways to recruit, train and retain entry level life sciences workers

We need non-traditional ways to recruit, train and retain entry level life sciences workers

In the first blog of this series, we talked about the rationale and need to develop a well-trained and highly skilled biotech workforce to support R & D and bio-manufacturing in Maryland.  Now, I want to highlight what our State is doing to strengthen a basic workforce needed to support our rapidly maturing bio-based industry sector. My focus is on the career path for the underemployed worker trying to gain access into this new and exciting business of biotechnology. Besides, the 4- and 2-year colleges won’t produce enough workers to fill the future void.  At a recent Mid-Atlantic Biology Research and Career Network Conference held at Loyola College (www.loyola.edu/mabrc) ,  Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) stated that in Maryland, there are only 2,300 new graduates in 2017, with B.S. degrees in the biosciences.  Given that there are approximately 2,260 life sciences businesses including more than 500 core biotech firms in Maryland, is that enough of an entry-level talent pool to sustain the nee   Probably not, especially considering that a proportion of these new graduates will not stay in Maryland following completion of their degrees. read more

How do we find talent in our bio-community or getting to 3 by 2023.

How do we find talent in our bio-community or getting to 3 by 2023.

This is the first in a three-part series about building and retaining talent in support of our growing bioscience sector.

Maryland’s bioscience community is expanding and maturing which is great news for our state.  Our bio-based ecosystem is healthy and getting positive exposure locally, nationally and internationally. Expanding and strengthening this sector to make it a key economic driver for the state is a worthy goal.  In fact, the state economic development folks have a mantra, to be number 3 by the year 2023, that is to be the third biggest life sciences region in the US, and this makes perfect sense as a realistic actionable goal. read more

The Co-evolution of Bioinformatics and “Big Data” Analytics

The Co-evolution of Bioinformatics and “Big Data” Analytics

Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that combines biology, computer science, and statistics to develop methods for the processing and interpretation of biological data. It has grown exponentially since the late 1980’s, when the first databases of protein sequence motifs emerged. Boosted first by the growth of the internet and later by the increasing popularity of high-throughput biological experimentation, bioinformatics has evolved far beyond “motif finding” in recent years. Increasing industrialization of laboratory techniques to make them “high throughput” has revolutionized many fields of biological inquiry, and bioinformatics has rapidly evolved in conjunction with the emergence of “big data” produced by such techniques. read more