Winquest President & CEO Wins Cybersecurity Champion of the Year

(April 22, 2019 — Hanover, Md.) Winquest Cybersecurity President & CEO John Leitch took home the Cybersecurity Champion of the Year Award at the 2019 MD Cybersecurity Awards presented by the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) at the LIVE! Casino & Hotel on April 11, 2019. In partnership with EZShield, Maryland Department of Commerce and Point3 Security, the 3rd annual awards celebration was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd of 350 attendees.

Described as an unsung hero of Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem, Leitch has done a tremendous amount not only in the field of cybersecurity, but for CAMI. Leitch’s nominee credited him with successfully influencing legislators to include cybersecurity services in Maryland’s 2018 Cybersecurity Incentives Tax Credit Bill. Previous to his involvement, the bill only included incentives for cybersecurity products. Leitch recognized that Maryland’s cybersecurity community is a strong partnership of both products and services and “not only ensured a vital piece of Maryland’s cybersecurity community could benefit from the tax incentives, it also benefits Maryland businesses by encouraging them to take actions to better protect their, and their customers, information from cybercriminals.”

In addition to accepting the Cybersecurity Champion of the Year Award, Leitch presented the Cybersecurity Industry Resource Award to Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), with Winquest sponsoring the award.

Leitch was also elected to the CAMI board of directors in November and is excited to help bring the organization to the next level. Winquest has greatly benefited from its relationship with CAMI, and together they will continue to elevate the cybersecurity industry in Maryland. Known as the “cyber capital of America,” Maryland is poised as the epicenter of cybersecurity in the United States. Winquest, CAMI and the other incredible cyber organizations present at the awards are all doing their part to secure businesses of all sizes.

Winquest Cybersecurity offers military-grade solutions specializing in small and midsize companies, including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, incident response, security awareness training, and their exclusive Cybersecurity Abbreviated Vulnerability Assessment (CAVA™).

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2019 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Finalists

Winquest Cybersecurity is thrilled that President & CEO John Leitch is nominated for the Cybersecurity Champion of the Year Award at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards on April 11th. Leitch will also be presenting the Cybersecurity Industry Resource Award.

All finalists are entered into the People’s Choice Award category…don’t forget to vote!


The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. and presenting sponsors EZShield and Point3 Security are proud to announce the finalists for the third annual Awards Celebration which will highlight the best and brightest of Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges represented by leaders in a variety of fields. One winner from each category will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on April 11, 2019.

All finalists are automatically entered into the People’s Choice Award category, the public is invited to vote online to determine who will receive the coveted Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced by category sponsor BB&T at the April 11 Awards Celebration. Vote for your choice for the People’s Choice Award here.

Below are the top three finalists across each of the seven Signature Award categories:

Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year Award – Presented by COPT
This award is presented to a Maryland company that has demonstrated exceptional innovation in the cybersecurity field with a technology designed to protect businesses and/or government entities from cyber threats, attack and/or damages. Our Cybersecurity Innovators are the champions of the cyber world and represent the crème de la crème of Maryland cybersecurity technology providers.

  • Light Point Security
  • Quantum Xchange
  • Sepio Systems

Cybersecurity Defender of the Year Award – Presented by PNC Bank
This award is given to an exceptional Maryland cybersecurity services company that has succeeded in protecting businesses or government entities from cyber threats, attack and/or damages. Our Cybersecurity Defenders are the protectors of the digital realm and represent the gold standard of Maryland cybersecurity service providers.

  • Fornetix
  • Patriot Technologies
  • Think|Stack

Cybersecurity Company to Watch Award – Presented by Edwards Performance Solutions
This award spotlights an emerging Maryland company that provides a cybersecurity product or service, has displayed exceptional vision and demonstrated plans for exponential future growth. We anticipate great things from our Company to Watch in the future.

  • IronNet Cybersecurity
  • SixGen
  • Softhread

Cybersecurity Champion of the Year Award – Presented by Port Covington
This award honors an individual that has had a profoundly positive impact on Maryland’s cybersecurity community and gone above and beyond to support it. Winners of this award could be individuals who have: donated significant resources (time, expertise, technology and/ or funds) to support Maryland’s cybersecurity industry; been staunch advocates for the Maryland cybersecurity community; or created exceptional educational or internship programs to support cybersecurity career development. Our Cybersecurity Community Champions are the unsung heroes of Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

  • John LeitchPresident & CEO, Winquest Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Loyce Pailen, Collegiate Professor, Cybersecurity Technology, University Maryland University College
  • Tina Williams, President & CEO, Tcecure

Cybersecurity Diversity Award – Presented by Exelon
This award recognizes a company or organization that has worked to make careers in the Maryland cybersecurity industry more accessible to underrepresented groups or underserved markets. This award could honor a trailblazing minority or woman-owned cybersecurity company in Maryland; an organization that supports underrepresented groups working to gain employment in the state’s cybersecurity industry; an academic institution that provides cybersecurity-related training or internships targeting underserved populations; a business that has demonstrated a commitment to a diverse workforce; or others.

  • AboutWeb
  • The Certified Cyber Apprenticeship Program (Registered DLLR apprenticeship) & Fort Meade Cyber Career Skills Programs
  • Lockheed Martin

Cyber Warrior Woman Award – Presented by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Saul 
This award honors a woman doing extraordinary or exemplary work in Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. Winners of this award could be individuals who have: mentored and inspired women in the cybersecurity industry or young women considering careers in the industry, donated significant resources (time, expertise, technology and/ or funds) to support Maryland’s cybersecurity industry; been staunch advocates for the Maryland cybersecurity community; or created exceptional educational or internship programs to support cybersecurity career development.

  • Diane M Janosek, Commandant, National Cryptologic School, National Security Agency
  • Marie Weber, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
  • Tina Williams, President & CEO, Tcecure

Cybersecurity Industry Resource Award – Presented by Winquest Engineering
This award celebrates a non-cybersecurity business, organization, academic institution or government agency that has significantly contributed to Maryland’s cybersecurity industry through its products, services or mission. This award is ideal for: organizations that provide access to funding for Maryland cybersecurity companies; government agencies that support the cybersecurity industry; legal firms with a cybersecurity practice; insurance companies offering cyber insurance; media entities that tell the stories of Maryland’s cybersecurity community or serve as a resource for businesses to understand how to be cyber secure; academic institutions with unique and/or state-of-the-art cybersecurity programs; non-profit organizations that support youth engagement in the cyber industry; and others.

  • Carroll Tech Council
  • The CyberWire
  • Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC)

Regional Awards
All nominees for Signature Awards categories are automatically be entered into the judging for the Regional Award for their respective participating county. The sponsor for each Regional award will create its own judging team, establish its own judging process and select its category winner to be announced at the Awards Celebration.  Winners will be announced at the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration on April 11, 2019.