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Abacode – Cybersecurity & Regulatory Compliance Experts

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CYBERSECURITY AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE EXPERTS

Abacode is fundamentally different from most Cybersecurity providers. We address company risk from a business strategy first and cyber-technologies second. This methodology ensures your technical and non-technical leadership are able to make strategic decisions that positively impact the entire organization.

Historically, companies have thought of security as a single product or point solution and have used an average of 30+ different vendors to purchase all of their Compliance and Cybersecurity products or services. This has led to increased confusion, limited cohesiveness, and zero cost-controls for businesses. Abacode was built to solve this problem.

As one of the few solely dedicated full-service Cybersecurity firms, we provide companies with a single trusted source for all cybersecurity products, solutions, and managed services. Regulatory Compliance and Cybersecurity is not a part of what we do. It is our sole focus. This matters a great deal to our clients and alliance partners.

We understand businesses may have a favorite product supplier or solution. Chances are, we work with them too. Our Cybersecurity Applied Research Lab (CARL) and Security Operation Centers (SOC) provide unbiased decision-making for all cyber–risk and compliance needs.

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Is your cyber-risk balance sheet in order? Do you have the right governance in place to make good enterprise business decisions?

Abacode has become one of the fastest growing Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) by empowering companies to have a Cyber Capability Maturity Model (CCMM) and consolidate all initiatives under one roof. This is a key reason that the Tampa Bay Lightning™ and Amalie Arena chose Abacode as its sole provider for all Compliance and Cybersecurity product & services needs.

Whether you engage Abacode directly or through one of our many trusted alliance partners (PoweredBy Abacode), we declutter the complex landscape of Compliance and Cybersecurity and place strategic planning and delivery back into the decision-making process.

Our no-cost security evaluation could save you thousands of dollars in time and money and provide the level of visibility you have not seen before.

Offices in the Americas and in Europe.

Abacode Cybersecurity Experts
Email: insight@abacode.com | Phone: 869-596-9020
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www.abacode.com

Impulse – An Innovative Security Company

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AN INNOVATIVE SECURITY COMPANY, ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF DATA BREACHES STEMMING FROM NETWORK ACCESS AND ENDPOINT DEVICES.

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With the exponential growth on the number and types of devices accessing an organization’s network and systems, network security has become essential across all industries. Impulse has been helping companies address the challenges of network access control for BYOD, IoT, and Guest Devices since 2004, enabling regulatory compliance, consistent authentication, and an intuitive end-user experience.

Helping organizations keep their networks secure and available for those permitted to use them, Impulse prevents access to those who are not. This not only ensures that the network is available when needed, but also that the organization’s data is protected, and that end-users’ devices are not compromised. Impulse’s flagship product, SafeConnect enables complete visibility, security, and control for the myriad of devices attaching to an organization’s network, while providing the flexibility to adhere to each organization’s unique computing policy philosophies.

Impulse continues to stay on the forefront of emerging technologies with the introduction of SafeConnect Software Defined Perimeter (SDP). While the Internet is a marvelous achievement in its ability to share information instantaneously across the globe, it is that same openness and collaborative nature of the Internet that now represents its most challenging impediment to continued growth and sustainability – security. Today, people access applications from anywhere (office, home or other remote locations) to anywhere (data center, co-lo, cloud or SaaS), which means the traditional definition of a Network Perimeter is going away. Impulse, through SafeConnect SDP is helping customers secure their New Perimeter by ‘hiding’ enterprise application and data resources from the Internet, and adhering to a ‘verify first, connect second’, Zero-Trust access model, as compared to today’s ‘connect first, authenticate second’ approach. A key component of SDP entails rendering an organization’s critical IT infrastructure “invisible” or “dark.” After all, you can’t hack what you can’t see.

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Impulse is an innovative, leading provider of Contextual Intelligence and Network Security Orchestration in support of BYOD and IoT enabled enterprises. Impulse securely and efficiently automates BYOD by combining real-time, context-aware and simplified access-control architecture, remote cloud-managed support services, and customer-centric business philosophy to enable customer freedom. And now, Impulse provides this support both inside and outside of the traditional perimeter with SDP. Their customers know this as the Impulse Experience.

Impulse is recognized as a leading Network Access Control (NAC) provider in a multitude of industry analysis, including Garter’s Market Guide and Frost & Sullivan’s annual report.

Impulse was founded in the Tampa Bay area – and its first customers are still here. There is a burgeoning tech community and they are proud to be a part of it. Additionally, Impulse taps into the strong pool of technical talent from local universities.

Impulse’s advice to those who want to build a successful business goes back to its user-centric business philosophy. Design a product, deliver it, and support it for your customers. Ultimately the success of your business relates back to the user and his/her experience with your product and your company.

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Email: sales@impulse.com
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Capstone Group – We Aim to be a Rock for our Clients

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ELEVATOR PITCH

Capstone Group is a leading provider of in insurance, risk management, and employee benefits services. Our mission is to provide results-driven solutions that transcend what our clients have come to expect from traditional insurance and benefits broker. In a world defined by uncertainty, we aim to be a rock for our clients by adhering to our foundation of values: we are people-focused and motivated by a genuine compassion for our employees, our customers, their employees, and our community.

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OUR STORY

When Capstone was founded in 2013, it was not because there was a need for another insurance agency. Our founding partners were well aware of the abundance of competition for insurance agencies and brokerage firms in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however they felt there was a desperate need for client-focused, technically sound, risk management and employee benefits consultants, and we remain passionate about that distinction to this day. Capstone has been able to differentiate ourselves by applying the global resources of our largest competitors, while still having a fierce dedication to our clients and a service model typically reserved for local, boutique firms. Our experience in analyzing and interpreting marketplace information and applying both proven and innovative products and solutions allows us to make our team’s experience meaningful, useful, and valuable in supporting our client’s goals.

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Property & Casualty and Employee Benefits insurance policies should be just one component of a company’s overall risk management program. Now more than ever, insurance brokers & consultants must act in a strategic advisory capacity and partner closely with the clients they serve and act not as simply a vendor. A partner advises on all facets of the business, and aims to improve both top line and bottom line. By focusing on lowering our client’s overall cost of risk as opposed to simply lowering their insurance costs, we aim to help them achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. From an Employee Benefits perspective, it is imperative that we immerse ourselves in each of our client’s unique cultures in order to customize a total benefit offering that focuses on the individual employee and their family’s well-being.

The traditional insurance brokerage model has remained relatively unchanged for decades. Much to the detriment of business owners and executives, the risks they face on a daily basis have shifted considerably over that same time period. The evolution of technology, along with ongoing changes to government regulations, foreign policy, and our domestic tax code have opened up businesses to a host of new risks. Unfortunately, the traditional process dictates that insurance companies will respond to emerging risks by simply excluding them from their policies, leaving large uncovered exposures that could be catastrophic for a business unless properly addressed. Our goal when on-boarding a new client, and at every subsequent client review, is to identify all potential risk exposures and to clearly state our team’s recommendations on how to cost effectively manage those risks.

MILESTONES

What we began in 2013 has been molded and reshaped by an array of innovations, regulatory changes, and emerging risks within our industry. Our vision is to set the standard of excellence among risk management and employee benefits consultants by being innovative, financially strong, and continuously exceeding customer expectations. To accomplish this goal, our efforts begin and end with attracting and retaining the very best industry experts and client service representatives as a part of our team. For the first time in 2018, Capstone Group was voted one of Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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1120 Welsh Road, Suite 220, North Wales, PA 19454
Phone: 215-542-8030
Email: info@capstoneinsgroup.com
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VasoTechnology – Cutting-Edge IT Services

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THE MOST CUTTING-EDGE IT SERVICES COMPANY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF - 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

In 2018, VasoTechnology, a.k.a. NetWolves Network Services (NetWolves) celebrated 20 years in the technology sector with a host of new products and services in line with its origins as a cyber security company. Our flagship offering is a unique look at Enterprise IT supporting our extensive managed services business. This “new view” is going to change the way companies approach their IT ecosystem and will make outsourcing a much more transparent and viable option.

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NetWolves launched into the network security appliance market in late the 1990s when it went public via a reverse merger. While the Company achieved early successes with banking and logistics customers, it needed to diversify quickly in the wake of the “Dot-com-bubble” and sought expansion with a service offering. The Company achieved this transformation in 2002 with the acquisition of Norstan Network Services, an FCC-licensed common carrier. This Minnesota-based telecommunications provider came with a mix of several thousand business and residential customers and a single facility partner, namely, Sprint. Today, our network aggregation business boasts more than 15,000 business locations globally – delivering both primary and disaster-recovery networks from over 150 different facility partners, including wire-line, wireless, fiber and satellite products.

Throughout the 2000s, the company continued to diversify itself and made its mark as a managed service provider (MSP) by committing to customer-focused solutions – not only by incorporating its patented proprietary technology, but also by bundling in other “best-in-class” solutions that organizations required but didn’t have the capacity to deploy and manage. Once again, the Company would have its resolve tested in the market collapse of 2007 and determined that a private vehicle would be the best structure to weather the storm. From 2008 through 2015, the Company was able to grow by 65% and deliver year-on-year profitability. Commenting on this, Peter Castle, Company President, stated, “Throughout our history, our success and longevity has been attributable to several factors:, first and foremost our customers who stood by us through thick and thin, as we have stood by them. Additionally, I want to recognize our employees, many of whom work tirelessly, as if it were their own business. Finally, our flexibility and nimbleness, which has so often put us ahead of market trends and always diversified our risk.”

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Once again, we found ourselves in the midst of a transformation, this time during an “up market”. We were acquired by Vaso Corporation (Vaso), in June 2015, with the intention of creating VasoTechnology, our current entity, and the flagship growth engine for Vaso. At the core of the new business unit are the operations of NetWolves Network Services and VasoHealthcareIT (VHCIT). VHCIT is a healthcare application value-added reseller (VAS) launched in late 2014 after signing the first National Specialty VAR agreement with GEHC. This marriage not only provided the NetWolves MSP model access to applications management, but more importantly access to the Healthcare vertical market, both of which were key elements of the company’s strategic roadmap.

While there have been many challenges associated with launching a Healthcare Applications VAR, for example, slow revenue pull-through and significant cash investments, it has delivered in three short years in excess of $18 million in gross contract value. Further commenting, Mr. Castle stated, “None of this would have been possible without the support from and partnership with our sister organization, VasoHealthcare (VHC), GEHC’s largest partner selling imaging systems on an exclusive basis predominantly to the healthcare middle market, and our parent, Vaso, who maintains a strong cash position and the vision to fund this strategy.”

2018 is not only a bookmark signifying 20 dynamic years in the technology industry, but will also usher in a new era and see the beginning transformation from a Technology Services Bureau to a Data Services Bureau. More will be shared on our future strategy and plans over the course
of the year. At the center of our vision, “The New View into Enterprise IT”, is the ability to give all levels of management transparency and accountability across the entire IT ecosystem, or as we refer to it, “All-things-connected” (ATC). Our vision is focused on the increasing rate at which the enterprise is connecting machines, adding complexity and creating data. IT departments are falling behind the curve in Network, Applications, Compute & Security, and the sensible solution is to get out of the IT management business and turn it over to a purpose-built organization designed around maximizing a company’s ability to see the benefits and effectiveness of outsourcing non-core IT functions.”

Phone: (813) 579-3200
Email: suzie.mcgugin@netwolves.com
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3SI Security Systems – A Standout in the Loss Prevention Industry

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A STANDOUT IN THE LOSS PREVENTION INDUSTRY, 3SI DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE SECURITY SOLUTIONS THAT CONTINUE TO REVOLUTIONIZE ASSET RECOVERY WORLDWIDE.

While the Philadelphia area has become a recent hotbed of start-up activity, there are some mavericks that have been here for decades, developing world-class products and amassing top-notch clientele.

A staple on the Philadelphia mainline since 1971, 3SI is on a mission to create a safer world with innovative technologies that redefine asset recovery and criminal apprehension.

The company began as one of the first providers of Smoke and Dye Technology for cash protection. Through consistent innovation, over more than four decades, the firm has developed advanced solutions in a wide range of designs that include GPS tracking, cash tracing, and safety system technologies.

Servicing primarily the Financial, Retail and Law Enforcement Markets, 3SI’s commitment to research and development is disrupting the industry. Today, the company provides a broad range of high-tech security solutions. The recent acquisition of 3SI by LLR Partners, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm, will enable the company to further increase its North American market share.

“When most people hear the word “security”, one of the first things they think of is alarm systems. However, traditional alarm systems have a failure rate above 70%, meaning that most of the time, the system is generating a false alarm and is wrong. Our trackers are just the opposite with an above 70% success rate. The challenge is that LP professionals don’t typically think of GPS Tracking as a security solution, so they have no idea they can get such great results at a surprisingly reasonable cost. With such strong performance statistics, depth of experience, strategic clarity, and proven ability to drive innovation, we have remarkable opportunities to grow.” – Todd Leggett, CEO of 3SI

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Todd Leggett, CEO of 3SI
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A key differentiator for 3SI is its partnership with more than 7,500 law enforcement agencies throughout North America, a relationship that has transformed how police respond to crime.

The company’s ability to quickly reconfigure its product offering based on the changing targets of crime in its core markets has delivered increasingly discreet, tech-based products that secure cash and high-value assets and help police apprehend criminals.

Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial growth spurt means big things for the organization, as local industries like Healthcare, Retail and Financial Services begin to embrace innovative tech solutions that change how they approach operations and security.

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Phone: 800-523-1430
101 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern, PA 19355
Email: info@3SI.com
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Cienaga Systems – Genetically Engineered Cybersecurity

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ELEVATOR PITCH

Cienaga Systems’ DejaVu helps organizations mitigate risk from tomorrow’s cyber-attacks, today. Leveraging recent advances in machine learning, DejaVu continuously generates and evaluates new, innovative cyber-attacks and preemptively searches networks for indications of the same. Its threat-hunting-as-a-service model with turn-key deployment makes DejaVu the ideal solution for organizations to roll out world-class cyber threat management capabilities.

OUR STORY

Cyber attacks today cost an estimated $400B worldwide and affect everyone, from payment processing systems in large enterprises to appliances in our kitchens and even devices in our children’s bedrooms.

At Cienaga Systems, our team of software engineers, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence experts is changing this dynamic, enabled by recent advances in machine learning.

Over the past few years, we have built our proprietary Genetically Engineered Cyber Security™ engine. This is an innovative technology that continuously runs scenarios on new and unknown cyber threat vectors. These simulated attack patterns are learned and then used on organizations’ networks. In other words, it looks for tomorrow’s attacks, today.

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“The result is an ever-evolving threat hunting machine which leverages intelligence from billions of real and potential attack scenarios and helps organizations stay abreast of future malicious attacks.”

Our cloud-based threat-hunting-as-a-service solution is called DejaVu because its purpose is to alert when it recognizes a behavioral pattern that matches what has previously been imagined by the Genetically Engineered Cyber Security engine.

DejaVu is able to sift through enormous data volumes and analyze quantities of potential hypothetical outcomes at speeds and accuracy levels that are impossible for humans to match. The result is an ever-evolving threat hunting machine which leverages intelligence from billions of real and potential attack scenarios and helps organizations stay abreast of future malicious attacks.

Today, our solution is commercialized to organizations under 2,000 employees in the Americas and Europe, through Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value-Add Resellers (VARs) and security

MILESTONES

In 2015, Cienaga Systems was recognized as one of only a dozen of threat-management firms in Cybersecurity-500, a merit-based listing of the world’s hottest cyber-security companies. As we deepened our collaboration with strategic partners with a global footprint, we were awarded The Bronze Softshell Vendor Award further recognizing our expansion in European markets (2018).

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5024 Brickell Park Cv, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Phone: +1-941-676-3417
Email: sales@cienagasystems.net
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Alura Business Solutions – Personalized IT Solutions Businesses

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PROVIDING PERSONALIZED IT SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL TO MIDSIZED BUSINESSES IN SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

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What makes Alura stand out is our innovative organizational and business processes that allow us to create lasting partnerships with our clients. We have been providing IT Solutions for small to mid-sized businesses for almost 15 years with minimal turnover. Our clients stay with us because we become part of their business, maintain excellent working relationships, and meet or exceed their needs. We spend the time to research existing and future clients’ current concerns, capacities, and competencies then carefully evaluate and create customized, scalable solutions. By being both consultant and service provider, Alura’s success as a business is directly measured by how efficiently and effectively our clients achieve their specific and often complicated objectives.

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Alura Business Solutions operates on our “3S” philosophy to efficiently serve each of our clients. It is also what sets us apart from our competition. The 3S model consists of Support, Services and Solutions. Each of these 3 elements is intertwined with each other – without one of them fully functioning – the entire model would not work. We provide service bundles that work together and support each other. From flexible backup services to disaster recovery, Alura provides creative and cost-effective strategies that improve performance and leverage the capacity inherent in existing systems. It allows our clients to focus on their real business while Alura tends to their IT requirements.

Alura’s Helpdesk and techs work directly with clients and are available 24/7, 365 days a year and can be on-site within hours when needed. Your business  systems can be checked at any time by logging into your client portal to check system status or access files. What keeps this 3S process highly functioning is our on-going training, documentation, and work culture which has a direct impact on client satisfaction. We encourage our partners, prospects and clients to visit the office to witness our great team in action.

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It’s this partnership culture and 3S philosophy that has resulted in Alura’s incredible growth. Outstanding service and product offerings and the strategies mentioned above have allowed Alura to retain over 95 percent of customer base over the years. The many pleased long-term client engagements and influx of new clients continue to drive our success. Jason Derstine, employee #1 and President, has been recognized as one of the youngest winners of Philadelphia’s 40 under 40 in 2015. Derstine’s business approach is summed up in his quote, “We are not just here when our customers have problems, we proactively reach our clients and take precautionary measures, thereby giving less space for issues.”

The company has also won the following prestigious awards:
• Philadelphia‘s Top 100 for five continuous years
• Philadelphia Soaring 76 for two continuous years
• Philadelphia Top LGBT Businesses for four continuousyears
• INC Magazine’s Top 5000 for three continuous years

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For more information on how Alura can help your business grow contact info@alura.com or 215-721-1122. www.alura.com

Lockheed Martin – a Global Security and Aerospace Company

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More than 1,000 Lockheed Martin employees, family, and friends volunteered at the YMCA of Central Florida’s Camp Wewa for the company’s annual Day of Caring event. In 2017, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 1,000,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.2 million to local charities.

ELEVATOR PITCH

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company employing approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

OUR STORY

With 60 years in Central Florida, Lockheed Martin’s Florida operations are primarily located in the Orlando area with additional sites in Lakeland, Ocala, the Space Coast, Ft. Walton Beach, Riviera Beach, Oldsmar and other locations throughout the state. When Lockheed Martin (then the Glenn L. Martin Co.) opened its first Orlando office in 1956, it began a long legacy of growth and community support to the region.

Today, Lockheed Martin is one of the largest industrial employers in Florida with more than 14,000 employees. Approximately 9,000 of the state’s Lockheed Martin employees live and work in Central Florida and continue that legacy of community support through various volunteer programs and
philanthropic initiatives. More than 7,000 of those employees are based at our two Orlando facilities.

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Lockheed Martin’s Deploy3D Simulator is a cutting-edge, mixed reality simulation solution, which reduces cost and space requirements while enabling immersive training. This is accomplished by streaming elements of the real world into an immersive virtual scene, maximizing training while eliminating bulky domes and projectors.

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Lockheed Martin’s TLS business is part of the Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business and is Lockheed Martin’s center of excellence for training and logistics products and services, serving the U.S. military and more than 65 international customers worldwide. Based in East Orlando, TLS develops programs teaching servicemen and women skills to accomplish their most challenging missions — from flying the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the F35, to navigating a convoy through an urban environment. TLS is the corporation’s hub for simulation, augmented and virtual reality, live-virtual-constructive capabilities, advanced training devices, and full-service training programs. TLS also provides sustainment services such as supply chain and logistics IT solutions, spares and repairs, as well as automated test and support equipment.

Lockheed Martin ONYX
ONYX is a powered, lower-body exoskeleton that enhances human strength and endurance. It is designed for military and first responders to counteract stress on the lower back and legs, as it helps wearers traverse steep inclines and climb flights of stairs.
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Full Mission Simulators (FMS) are being used for continuation, upgrade and mission rehearsal training, wherever F-35 planes are in use. These valuable assets prepare new F-35 aviators for their first flight and allow qualified pilots to sharpen their skills at a fraction of the cost of flying real airplanes.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC)
MFC is a recognized designer, developer, and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for military customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and dozens of foreign allies. The company is an industry leader and the Corporation’s lead business for research, development, and production of electro-optic and smart munitions systems, and is a pioneer in the field of versatile, high-performance missile and rocket technology. MFC is also a leader in technologies related to millimeter wave radar, image and signal processing, advanced materials, electronic packaging, and systems integration. Additionally, MFC provides logistics support services for U.S. Special Operations Forces and offers a wide range of products and services for the global civil nuclear power industry and the military’s green power initiatives

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Lockheed Martin has a strong heritage of social responsibility and public service, which is a tradition linking our employees to the communities in which they live and work. In 2017, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 96,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.8 million to local charities through employee giving campaigns, benefiting organizations such as Camaraderie Foundation, Fisher House, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Heart of Florida United Way and the United States Overseas (USO). Our leadership is committed to supporting Florida education excellence through our support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational initiatives. Lockheed Martin works in partnership with educators, lawmakers and businesses to develop and execute a state-wide STEM strategy of closing the emerging talent gap by providing funding enhancing teaching skills and STEM curricula.

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The F-35 Lightning II Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), is the world’s first sensor to combine forwardlooking infrared and infrared search and track to maximize targeting capability.

International Screening Solutions – Solutions for Managing Global Risk

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INTERNATIONAL SCREENING DEVELOPS SOLUTIONS FOR MANAGING GLOBAL RISK

HOW GOOD IS YOUR ROLODEX?

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For decades in business, the measure of networking prowess was defined by the content of a spinning wheel of index cards. Could you imagine relying on a Rolodex of business cards and pencil scratches to manage your relationships today? Hardly. Now imagine a global risk business tool relying on manual updates to track millions of known terrorists, human traffickers, and money launderers.

Fortunately, the team at International Screening Solutions imagined a different solution. While the market was focused on watchlists created regionally, maintained manually, and updated sporadically, ISS co-founders Chuck Papageorgiou and Eric Beach envisioned an automated global risk information exchange (GRIX) that could locate, aggregate, curate, and deliver risk data directly from the source.

“As more countries and agencies identified money laundering, human trafficking, and terror financing, the manually-updated tools couldn’t keep pace with all the new information being shared,” said Papageorgiou. “The old tools were okay when the blacklist alerts streamed from a handful of sources, but today it is more like a river of risk data. When a money launder is sanctioned in one location, they will often resurface somewhere else.”

Businesses everywhere need “know your customer” (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) programs to protect against the growing global risk. According to the Financial Action Task Force, human trafficking alone generates $150 billion annually in black market revenue. From a recent FATF report:

“Money laundering is inextricably linked to the underlying criminal activity that generated it. Laundering enables criminal activity to continue.”

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Supported by customers including the world’s largest payroll and background screening companies, ISS developed GRIX to locate, aggregate, curate, and deliver information drawn from the “river of risk data” each day. ISS created a selective search engine to access validated information about individuals and businesses restricted from commercial activity because of their criminal activity. Algorithms dissected adverse information from structured and unstructured data, then indexed everything to accommodate customer-specific searches.

Delivery came in the form of WorldWatch Plus® – a customer-designed platform with case management, reporting, and custom filtering, available in a SaaS portal or integration with existing customer systems. Launched in 2015, utilization doubled each of the last three years, and ISS was named a Top 10 KYC Solution Provider by Banking CIO Outlook for 2017, and an Inc. 5000 entry for both 2016 and 2017.

ISS continues to build on four pillars of differentiation: casting a wider net, timely and relevant results, unmatched partnering and customer service, and a customer-friendly economic model. With customers on-boarding from around the world, the Rolodex at ISS is doing just fine.

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Cyber Florida – at the University of South Florida

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ELEVATOR PITCH

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity, also known as Cyber Florida, is a statefunded organization dedicated to positioning Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity through education and workforce development; innovative, interdisciplinary research; and community outreach. Hosted at the University of South Florida, Cyber Florida works with all 12 State University System of Florida (SUS) institutions as well as industry, government and defense to build partnerships and develop programs that grow and strengthen Florida’s cybersecurity industry.

OUR STORY

Cyber Florida was formally established as the Florida Center for Cybersecurity through Florida Statute 1004.444 in July 2014, hosted by the University of South Florida for the benefit of the entire SUS and the state. Led by Director Sri Sridharan, a seasoned expert and entrepreneur, the goals of the center are to assist in the creation of jobs, enhance the existing workforce, act as a cooperative facilitator between industry and higher education, seek out partnerships with major military installations, and attract cybersecurity companies to the state.

Guided by a nationally recognized Board of Advisors with former Director of National Intelligence Vice Adm. (Ret.) Mike McConnell as chair, Cyber Florida first focused on enhancing Florida’s cybersecurity talent pipeline to meet the overwhelming demand for cyber professionals. The center created a platform for collaboration among the 12 SUS institutions by establishing the SUS Cybersecurity Advisory Council and acts as a liaison with private industry to ensure academic programs align with industry needs. Additionally, Cyber Florida has invested more than $1.4 million to help fund 24 of these new programs through its Capacity Building Award Program. With Cyber Florida’s support, the SUS has expanded academic programs specific to cybersecurity from a handful in 2014 to more than 40 as of 2018, with several hundred graduates and thousands more enrolled.

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And because the hands-on-keyboard experience is such a vital component of a successful cybersecurity educational program, Cyber Florida launched the Florida CyberHub in January 2018. This virtuallearning lab provides a cyber range, secure sandbox, capture-the-flag, course catalog, and desktop-as-aservice to facilitate and enhance cyber education and research initiatives throughout the state.

The center also has laid the foundation for a robust research ecosystem in Florida through the Collaborative Seed Award Program, which funds research projects led by investigators from at least two SUS institutions. Cyber Florida has invested more than $2.3 million in 44 cybersecurity research projects led by 65 researchers so far, and these projects are highlighted at an annual Research Symposium where both scholars and practitioners can explore the cutting-edge research being done at Florida’s universities.

In tandem with these initiatives and others, Cyber Florida has continued to grow its signature event year after year, the annual conference. Each year, the Florida Cyber Conference connects hundreds of cybersecurity stakeholders from students, educators and policymakers to CISOs, hands-on practitioners, and members of the defense and law enforcement communities. Held in Tampa each October and coming up on its fifth year, Florida Cyber Conference has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular and valuable industry events for Florida’s cybersecurity community.

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ISA7020
Tampa, FL, 33620
Email: info@cyberflorida.org
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linkedin/twitter: @CyberSecurityFL
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