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Co-founded by tech entrepreneur Adrian Talapan and Dr. Bimal Desai, CMIO at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Haystack Informatics started life by building a next-generation software platform that helps hospitals detect, investigate, and report patient privacy violations: Haystack Monitoring. By using multiple detection engines and multiple visualization lenses, our behavioral analytics software significantly reduces the time it takes to identify and manage insider threat risk, saving hospitals money and safeguarding their reputation.

From unintentional employee errors to the rogue employee, internal breaches have become a critical area of concern for hospital professionals as institutions extend their reach throughout their networks to include physician offices,outpatient clinics, and health information exchanges. Without the ability to apply constant surveillance to identify a potential insider threat before it happens, it’s nearly impossible to mitigate risks associated with protecting patient data – until it’s too late.

In addition, based on our understanding of employee behavior, we recently launched Haystack Intelligence, a new product that offers healthcare leaders the ability to monitor the operational performance of their domain continuously. This new solution delivers an objective diagnosis and determination of root causes of operational efficiencies and inefficiencies as they arise in the areasof EHR Workflow Optimization, Operational Improvements, Service CostManagement, and Patient Experience.

We are proud to be located in Philadelphia, as its rich history of healthcare innovation made experimenting and iterating on our solution set with actual customers not only possible but also highly efficient.

In addition to CHOP, the company is supported on its journey by anchors of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem: DreamIt Ventures, Rittenhouse Ventures, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

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Adrian Talapan, CEO
Haystack Informatics, Inc.
Phone: 267-347-1431

OPS Security Group – an Innovator in the Security Industry

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OPS Security Group


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Security staff should be instilled with a sense of professionalism, an appreciation for customer service and an ability to offer that peace of mind our clients deserve. Headquartered in Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania, OPS has since expanded to serve Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington D.C. With over 80 years of combined experience in security, safety, training, consulting and investigations, OPS offers a wide range of flexible security and safety services designed to keep you, your loved ones, employees, customers, property and community safe. We have received awards such as the Philly 100 and Soaring 76, which recognized our growth and achievement in the region.

Our leadership team brings diverse backgrounds from law enforcement, hospitality, FEMA, Armed Services, labor unions, event services and corporate security to their positions and instills in our staff the belief that we are the first and last impression of our clients’ customers. 

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With these diverse backgrounds and an emphasis on being an employee first, OPS can offer a wide range of premium service options that meet our clients’ needs and expectations. Providing both armed and unarmed security officers to residential, commercial, office, and industrial as well as single-tenant facilities in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, government, educational and distribution industries. Our other services include, event security, executive protection, investigative, consulting, training and Virtual Concierge.

OPS Security Group is considered a disruptor and an innovator in the security industry. We invest in our staff not only by paying above the industry standard and offering comprehensive training but also through offering all employees paid time off, 401k plans, medical, vision and dental benefits. OPS offers paid training to our staff and free certification classes that would cost them thousands of dollars to obtain otherwise. OPS also recruits interns from security and business programs from several area universities who get real, hands-on experience in a fast-growing, regional business. We tailor each internship to fit the goals of the intern, allowing more or less time with different departments in the company to help them reach those goals.

Our President and CEO Dan Costa received a Patriotic Employer award in 2018 from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve which recognizes those who make it a priority to hire and retain those serving our country. OPS also values community engagement and promotes volunteerism by hosting events to give back to the communities in which the staff live and work. We look forward to seeing positive growth of the security industry and Philadelphia as a community through our efforts.

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Phone: 888-406-6661
Philadelphia Headquarters
1500 S. Columbus Blvd. Suite 6
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Twitter: OPSProtect
Facebook: ProtectingTheBest/

Day & Zimmermann – The Original Betterment Company®

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Today, we are still in the business of betterment—maintaining the nation’s power infrastructure, protecting American freedoms and accelerating innovation around the world. We are advancing and enhancing the fundamentals of modern productivity— talent, efficiency, and safety.

Founded in 1901, Day & Zimmermann is a family-owned company with a workforce of 43,000 specializing in construction & engineering, operations & maintenance, staffing, security and defense solutions for
leading corporations and governments around the world. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations, Day & Zimmermann is
headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.


Day & Zimmermann’s vision is to accelerate the next generation of innovation. Every day we are advancing and enhancing the fundamentals of modern productivity— talent, efficiency, and safety. Like the city of Philadelphia, we are evolving and have been going through a tremendous amount of change. We foster better solutions for keeping our nation’s power plants running safely and reliably, hiring and placing skilled health care professionals that keep our country healthy,and protecting U.S. national security interests with mission-critical solutions.

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Innovation is in our DNA. The origins of Day & Zimmermann date back to 1901 and a mere seven years after our founding, the company was working on one of the most significant human engineering achievements of the twentieth century—the construction building of the Gatun Lock system of the Panama Canal. By the 1960s, Day & Zimmermann was assisting with the design of the Mercury and Gemini capsules that would put the first American astronauts in space. These history-altering projects had ties right here in Philadelphia.

While our past achievements built our strong foundation, we’ve not only sustained over time but have thrived and have new and exciting developments on the horizon. Today we are entering a new era of transforming the way our customers and staff, build, streamline and secure their future.

Yoh, our staffing division is helping to place workers in cutting-edge fields like software development, life sciences, healthcare and IT. Our engineering, construction and maintenance division is using new technologies, processes and systems to create efficiencies for power and industrial plants. We even recently acquired a new cybersecurity capability. Like in the earlier days working on the Panama Canal, we’re looking at a series of history-changing projects that in summation will push us and our country forward.

Day & Zimmermann is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes.

• #1 Ranked Operations & Maintenance Contractor for 10 consecutive years (ENR)
• Yoh – our recruiting and workforce solutions company—was named to HRO Today’s RPO Baker’s Dozen list
• Ranked in Top 100 Defense Companies

Corporate Headquarters: 1500 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA, 19130. Phone: 215.299.8000 | Twitter:  @DayZim | Facebook: dayzim | Linkedin: day-&-zimmermann | YouTube: DayZimVideo |

SECURESET – Committed to Closing the Critical Gaps in Employment and to Building a Broader Tech Ecosystem Through Community Partnerships and Public Outreach

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Tampa Bay is home to a dynamic tech community. Employing more than 40,000 people, the region has become a robust and agile technology hub. Cybersecurity is one of the areas that has become increasingly vital to all industries

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From left to right: Kimberly Rishton-Nitzschke, Admissions Counselor, SecureSet Tampa; Jaso Scott, Lead Instructor, SecureSet Tampa; Adam Sheffield, Campus Director, SecureSet Tampa; Karla Mastracchio, Community Manager, SecureSet Tampa, Ken Compres, Instructor, SecureSet Tampa.

Changes in innovation and technology coupled with a lack of qualified candidates, however, has created a global shortfall to meet emerging threats.. Recognizing that there is a need for environment-ready  cybersecurity professionals in Tampa Bay and a community full of people who are excited about cybersecurity, SecureSet is committed to  closing the critical gaps  in employment and to  building a broader tech ecosystem through community partnerships and public outreach.

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As the nation’s first bootcamp-style, comprehensive cybersecurity education program , SecureSet is bringing to Tampa Bay an array of resources that innovates the next generation of cybersecurity technology and builds a pipeline for the security workforce of the future. The academy’s innovative approach provides immersive cybersecurity education for students who want to gain experience solving real-world security issues in a bootcamp style program. Through SecureSet’s courses and programs, students have the opportunity to learn in an intense, hands-on environment  with industry expert mentors and world-class instructors.   SecureSet graduates have the necessary skills to immediately begin in working cybersecurity environments.

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Located in Historic Ybor City, home to entrepreneurs and visionaries for over 100 years, SecureSet is more than a place students go to attend class.  This unique organization is fostering a broader tech culture by becoming an anchor for the entire community while also honoring the history of innovation that is integral to Ybor City. SecureSet’s impressive campus is housed in a historic building, formerly the Don Vincte Hotel. It has been completely renovated to serve the needs of its high-tech students while retaining the historic feel and architecture of the original hotel. This old-world meets new-world collaborative hub has become a regular meeting space and a place for the security community to call home.  In using their new campus to create a collaborative security culture, students and members of the tech community participate in weekly meet-ups, hackathons, and social events.

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1915 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba Tampa, FL 33605

Phone: 800-445-0024


The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), serves as a statewide resource.

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Established by the Florida Legislature in 2014 and located on the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), serves as a statewide resource. With a geographic footprint that spans Florida and encompasses all twelve institutions in the State University System (SUS), the Center serves as a centralized hub for creating connections, building partnerships, capitalizing on opportunities and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in industry, academia, government and defense.

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Key Objectives

• Position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education, research, and community engagement.

• Assist in the development of a highly-skilled cyber talent pipeline, enhance the existing cybersecurity workforce, support economic and workforce development, and attract new industry to the state.

• Act as a facilitator for industry, military and higher education communities to share cybersecurity knowledge, resources and training.

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Led by a nationally-recognized Board of Advisors chaired by Vice Adm.
(retired) Mike McConnell, former director of national intelligence, the Center has focused on the development of programs and initiatives to support a legislatively-mandated mission built around education, interdisciplinary research and community engagement.


• Awarded more than $1.5 million as part of a Seed Award Program to fund cybersecurity research projects – linking researchers from across Florida’s SUS to support cross-institutional collaboration and development of a cyber research ‘ecosystem’ in Florida.

• Supports efforts of SUS institutions to secure National Center of Excellence designations, including USF’s recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.

• Organized and hosted a 2017 Research Symposium that brought together industry, academic researchers from across the SUS and students to share their work, learn about new cybersecurity research and connect with fellow researchers from across Florida.


• Facilitates a SUS Advisory Council on Cybersecurity to connect the twelve SUS institutions in Florida and create a forum for information-sharing and collaboration.

• Developed and launched a nationally-recognized pilot cybersecurity training and certification program for veterans. New Skills for a New Fight fast-tracked deserving veterans into the workforce – creating post-military career paths to help fill critical workforce shortages.

• Assisted USF with development of an interdisciplinary master’s in cybersecurity program that offers four different concentrations and boasts an enrollment of more than 450 students.

• Led efforts resulting in the award of a federal grant to develop and launch a new training program for Army reservists as part of the U.S. Army Reserve P3 initiative.

• Launched and supported cybersecurity programs for high school students

Community Engagement

• Maintains a robust community engagement program that serves a variety of audiences. FC2 participates in and supports numerous events to build awareness and encourage dialogue on key cyber topics. Recent activities include an event, co-hosted with The Christian Science Monitor Passcode, for a discussion on ransomware and sponsorship of B-Sides Orlando 2017, a security event that connects industry veterans with new and aspiring cyber experts.

• Hosts an annual fall conference, the Center’s signature event, at the Tampa Convention Center to bring together stakeholders from industry, government, academia, students, and the military to share information, network, explore ideas and learn about emerging trends and today’s hottest cyber topics.

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Sri Sridharan
Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity

As director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2), Sri Sridharan provides strategic oversight of the Center and is responsible for spearheading initiatives focused on driving workforce development, attracting new industry, and positioning Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

A seasoned expert with more than forty years of experience, Sridharan brings a base of knowledge acquired from his work with companies ranging from small start-ups to international industry giants like IBM.

During his career, he has held top management positions focused on: technology-based continuous availability solutions for complex business challenges, solutions for service-quality intelligence on IT performance against business objectives, solutions for wireless mobility/business process integration, ASP

(Application Service Provider) solutions with eight international data centers, custom applications for global procurement and distribution management, and hosting in-house hospital information systems. 

At the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, Sridharan has applied his business acumen to create the infrastructure of a statewide center that was formed to serve as a resource for cybersecurity education, community engagement and innovative, interdisciplinary research within an academic environment.

In this capacity, he has developed critical industry and government relationships, and positioned the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to become a national player on the cybersecurity landscape.

Sridharan holds three masters’ degrees (computer science, mathematics, and applied mathematics) and he lives in Tampa, Florida. | Phone: 813-974-2604 | Email: