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Photo Release: Governor Hogan Signs Memorandum of Understanding with South Australia to Foster Economic and Security Ties

Meets with Premier Steven Marshall, Touts Maryland as “Cyber Capital of America” at Cybersecurity Conference

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan began the Adelaide portion of his infrastructure and economic development mission to Australia by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to foster strong economic and security ties, particularly in the cybersecurity and satellite technologies sectors. The signing followed a speech by Governor Hogan at a major cybersecurity conference, where he talked about Maryland’s standing as the “Cyber Capital of America.”

“America and Australia have fought side-by-side in every conflict for the past 100 years, but our mateship is also rooted in our shared vision for the future, and that vision depends upon us confronting common threats,” said Governor Hogan. “There are incredible things being done here in South Australia when it comes to aerospace, defense, and cybersecurity, and the state of Maryland shares many of these very same strengths. Through collaboration and cooperation, we can better address the rapidly emerging and evolving cybersecurity challenges facing our nation and the world.”

View a photo thread of the day’s engagements.

Memorandum of Understanding

Governor Hogan and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Governor Hogan and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the relationship between their two states and foster strong economic and security ties. The agreement, which will be in effect for three years and may be extended, will encourage collaboration between Maryland and South Australian companies and support investment and trade activities, particularly in the cybersecurity and satellite technologies sectors.

Defence Industry Cyber Security Summit

Governor Hogan delivers remarks at the 2019 Defence Industry Cyber Security Summit.

Governor Hogan delivered remarks at the 2019 Defence Industry Cyber Security Summit, attended by cybersecurity industry professionals and government officials from across Australia.

Governor Hogan touted Maryland’s standing as the “Cyber Capital of America,” home to 1,200 private sector cybersecurity companies, world-class universities that are issuing more cybersecurity degrees than any other state in America, and installations that include the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command. Maryland was one of the very first states in America to recognize the importance of information security as a strategic industry, and the Hogan administration has prioritized building global cybersecurity relationships with partners in Israel, Estonia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia and more.

Meeting with Premier Marshall

Governor Hogan with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

Governor Hogan met with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to discuss cybersecurity and defense initiatives and further opportunities for bilateral collaboration. Premier Marshall also gave Governor Hogan a tour of South Australia’s Parliament House. In May, Premier Marshall visited Maryland on a cybersecurity and satellite technology fact-finding mission that included visits to the University of Maryland Baltimore County Center for Cybersecurity and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

Previous Releases:

Sept. 25: Photo Release: Governor Hogan Wraps Up Meetings in Sydney With Visit to New South Wales Parliament, Tour of Opera House Project
Sept. 24: Photo Release: Governor Hogan Highlights Matrax Agreement, Visits Australia’s Biggest Road Project
Sept. 23: Photo Release: In Sydney, Governor Hogan Meets with Deputy Australian Prime Minister, Visits Infrastructure Projects
Sept. 23: Gov. Hogan op-ed in The Australian: US delegation to build on nations’ shared strengths
Sept. 20: Governor Hogan Attends State Department Luncheon In Honor of Prime Minister of Australia


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