In October, Ian Duncan, intelligence and military reporter for the Baltimore Sun, interviewed me for a story about former NSA employees that left the Agency to start their own companies. Titled “When NSA employees leave to start their own companies,” the story looks at several Agency entrepreneurs and examines the challenges facing the NSA in retaining the top notch talent they helped to train. It’s an interesting read and I thought it was worth sharing here on the blog. Below is an excerpt from the story.
Adam Fuchs and his small team labored for years inside the National Security Agency on a system that would enable analysts to access vast troves of intelligence data and spot hidden patterns.
“We very much had a startup feel,” Fuchs said. The team worked in an office at Fort Meade with ideas scrawled across whiteboards and old furniture scattered around.
Their work helped analysts identify terrorist groups. But the ordinarily secretive NSA did something else with the technology: Figuring that others could make use of it, too, the agency released it to the world for free.
And that was when those who had built the tool saw an opportunity. Half eventually left the agency to develop it on the outside. Fuchs and others founded a company.
Their departure exemplifies a challenge facing the NSA: The agency spends years training some of the nation’s brightest minds in cutting-edge skills only to watch them take those skills to more lucrative jobs in the private sector.
You can read the full story on the Baltimore Sun’s website here.
I’m honored to have been recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s top female leaders in the tech industry. The Daily Record’s latest edition of the Path to Excellence magazine featured the top female leaders in tech in the State, including myself. They profiled each one of us, and asked us to share quick tips for the upcoming generation of women leaders in Maryland.
Below is an excerpt from the story, but please head on over to The Daily Record’s website to read the full article.
Women make up roughly 37.9 percent of Maryland’s technology workforce, according to data from the state’s Department of Commerce. Educators and experts attribute the disparity to as far back as middle school, when many young girls lose interest in science and math. You’ll learn more about the reasons for this drop off on page 14. In this issue of Path to Excellence, you’ll meet several of the women who are leading the state’s tech industry. They are leading some of the state’s most innovative companies as they improve cybersecurity, health care and help to grow the next generation of female leadership in the tech industry.
Zuly Gonzalez | Light Point Security
Zuly Gonzalez is the co-founder and CEO of Light Point Security, based in Catonsville.
She co-founded the firm to solve the biggest program in cybersecurity today: web-based malware.
Gonzalez has more than 10 years of experience in the U.S. federal government working to secure national security information systems.
I am pleased to share that TEDCO has asked me to speak at their annual Entrepreneur Expo on the topic of cybersecurity technology and trends along with CyberPoint CEO Karl Gumtow. TEDCO’s 2015 Entrepreneur Expo will take place Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the BWI Marriott (1743 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090). TEDCO has put together a great program and line up of speakers, and I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an educational and inspirational day of community building.
My Session Information
Track: Tech Trends Session Title: Seeing All in Cyber-Security Time: 1:35 – 2:05
Description: The format will be the smaller company “interviewing” the larger company on cybersecurity technology and trends. We’ll be discussing topics like what is the hottest thing in the market, how do large companies see the market, where do they and other large corporations find technologies, what are they looking for, where do they look and more.
Introduction of speakers – 1-2 min
Interview – 15 min
Q&A from the audience – 10 min
Have any cybersecurity technology questions or topics you’d like us to discuss? Tweet us at @LightPointSec using the hashtag #E2E15 with your topics.
To register for the 2015 Entrepreneur Expo click here.
Our CEO, Zuly Gonzalez, will be speaking at the CyberMaryland 2015 Conference later this week. She will join other cybersecurity founders on a panel discussion about their experiences with the Northrop Grumman and bwtech@UMBC CYNC Program as part of the conference’s Cyber Innovation Track. If you will be attending the CyberMaryland Conference, stop by Room 303 on Thursday, October 29 from 9:45am – 10:30am to hear about industry partnerships and the benefits they provide to growing cybersecurity companies.
If you plan to attend the conference, but haven’t registered yet, use our discount code SpeakerGuest to receive a 25% discount off of your registration.
Model of a Successful Industry Partnership – Northrop Grumman at bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator: CYNC Program
The Northrop Grumman Cync Program is a unique partnership between Northrop Grumman and the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator, with an eye towards commercializing technology to protect the nation from a growing range of cyber threats. The Northrop Grumman Cync Program builds on bwtech@UMBC’s successful business-incubation framework by offering a scholarship program for companies with the most promising cybersecurity solutions. Selected participants are able to draw on UMBC’s extensive research resources, bwtech’s programming and entrepreneurial services, and Northrop Grumman’s technical and business advisory support to further the development and market readiness of CYNC company technologies. Hear from four innovative product companies currently in CYNC and members of the CYNC Executive Committee.
Moderator Ellen Hemmerly, Executive Director and President, UMBC Research Park Corporation and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UMBC
Speakers Mike Gormley, Vice President for Government Services, Ayasdi Christopher Valentino, Director, Contract Research and Development Cyber Solutions Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Tim Gooch, CEO and Executive Director, iWebGate Gregg Smith, CEO, OptioLabs Zuly Gonzalez, Co-founder and CEO, Light Point Security Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, Director of Venture Creation, bwtech@UMBC
I am excited to share that Light Point Security has been named one of the top 500 cybersecurity companies in the world. How exciting and cool is that! Cybersecurity Ventures released their Q3 2015 edition of the Cybersecurity 500, which is a global compilation of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies, and we are thrilled to be included among the best of the best.
The Cybersecurity 500 companies were selected based solely on merit – companies could not apply to get on the list, nor could they pay to get on it. The criteria used to select the 500 companies includes:
Cybersecurity Sector (market category)
Feedback from CISOs and Decision Makers
Feedback from IT Security Evaluators & Recommenders
Stephen Babcock, the Lead Reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore, recently interviewed me for a feature story on “Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’” where we discussed Light Point Security’s technology, why isolation is better than detection and our latest partnerships. In case any of you missed it, below is an excerpt from the story.
Light Point Security is looking to pick up some new customers.
The cybersecurity firm, which is based out of bwtech@UMBC, recently inked a pair of new deals that are designed to grow the customer base, said CEO Zuly Gonzalez.
The five-person company makes a product called Light Point Web, which protects users’ computers from malware by providing a separate server for browsing. That separate server ensures that malware never reaches the users’ computer.
Gonzalez said it’s a different approach from other cybersecurity products, which rely on algorithms to detect potential threats.
“There’s so much new bad stuff being created everyday that these algorithms can’t keep up,” Gonzalez said. “We take a different approach. Our security is based on isolation.”
You can read the full story on Technical.ly Baltimore’s website here.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Raven Data Technologies, an IT Solutions Company serving the MD, DC, VA, and PA region that specializes in providing security services to Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Raven Data Technologies combines decades of IT experience, risk management, and network security to deliver enterprise level IT solutions to businesses of any size, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to include Light Point Web Enterprise among their best-in-class managed security software offerings.
Light Point Web is a browser plugin that provides malware-free web browsing by transparently launching browsing sessions on a server-based virtual environment, thus preventing any website content (and possible malware) from ever reaching your computer.
Light Point Web offers flexible deployment options for every need: a cloud version for those that don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining their own servers, an on-premise version for enterprises that want more control, and now with our Raven Data Technologies partnership, a third-party hosted solution for Managed Service Providers that want to provide their clients with unmatched web security but don’t want to set up and maintain their own Light Point Web servers.
After vetting the Raven Data Technologies team we have selected them as our hosting partner for MSPs for their extensive security expertise and their vast knowledge of MSPs and their needs. Raven Data Technologies will now serve as our hosting partner for MSPs by hosting and maintaining the Light Point Web server infrastructure for them. Raven Data will also provide them with value added services, like technical support and client- and server-side upgrades.
To learn more about Raven Data Technologies and how they can help you secure your business, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.
Baltimore County, Maryland announced the winners of their inaugural Boost Fund Program, and we are thrilled to announce that Light Point Security is among them!
The Baltimore County Boost Fund Program provides small, minority-owned, women-owned and/or veteran-owned businesses in Baltimore County with capital to boost their businesses and economic growth in the County.
Light Point Security is happy to have received $105,000 through the Boost program, and we look forward to putting it to good use.
The seven recipients of the Boost Fund were announced by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III during a press conference at bwtech@UMBC.
We congratulate the other six winners and wish them much success in growing their companies!
Thank you Baltimore County for your continued support of Light Point Security!
We recently added a new feature to Light Point Web that warrants some extra recognition. We have added a server-side integration with OPSWAT’s Metascan Online service to provide yet another best-in-class layer of security for our users.
Metascan Online is a cloud service that can scan files with over 40 anti-virus engines, and do so in a matter of seconds. The fact that Metascan Online uses so many anti-virus engines is important. Just because one anti-virus engine claims that a file is safe, it doesn’t mean it is. It could be safe… or it could just be that this is a newer virus that has not been identified by that anti-virus vendor yet. It is actually common for new malware to only be identified by a small number of the anti-virus engines. With Metascan Online using so many anti-virus engines, we can get a much greater level of confidence that a safe file is indeed safe.
With our integration with Metascan Online, our users will get an extra level of assurance that every file they download is safe without having to wait around for the results. We offer this service for no extra charge for our cloud users.
How Does It Work?
When a user wants to download a file, Light Point Web will ask for their permission. If they say yes, that file will be downloaded to the Light Point Web server. Light Point Web will then ask Metascan Online to scan that file. If it is safe, the file is streamed to the user’s computer and the user is informed of the scan results.
If, on the other hand, the file is found to be malicious, the download is blocked and a message informs the user why.
This all happens seamlessly to the user, so no extra work is required by the user to get this additional layer of protection.
Coming soon: If a file is found to be malicious, the dialog will also include a link to the scan results so that you can see further details on the threat detected and which engines detected it.
For our enterprise customers, we offer a couple of options: Metascan Online or Metascan on-premises. OPSWAT offers both a cloud version and an on-premise version of Metascan. This gives our enterprise customers the flexibility of choosing the option that works best for them.
If you are interested in learning more about how Light Point Web protects you while browsing the web, contact us, or sign up for a free trial to experience worry free web browsing for yourself.
We’re excited to be presenting at the Columbia TechBreakfast tomorrow morning. TechBreakfast is a national organization with over 4,700 members in just the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, and over 7,000 members nationwide, with events in Silicon Valley, New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, and Boston, among others. TechBreakfast is a monthly demo-style event where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other. The presenters have 7 minutes to demo and showcase their technology, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
We’re thrilled to have been selected to present at the TechBreakfast event in Columbia, MD tomorrow July 9 from 8:00am to 9:30am at the Loyola Columbia campus (8890 McGaw Rd #130, Columbia, MD). We demoed Light Point Security’s flagship product, Light Point Web, at last year’s Columbia TechBreakfast and had a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to giving the audience an update since last year and demonstrating Light Point Web’s new capabilities.
We hope you’ll join us. You can register to attend the free event here. Won’t be able to make it? Don’t despair. We’ll also be presenting at the Baltimore and Annapolis TechBreakfasts this fall.
Light Point Security was founded by former National Security Agency (NSA) employees with 30 years of combined experience in both offensive and defensive security.
It is an award-winning and internationally recognized company with customers ranging from multi-national financial institutions and federal government agencies all the way to SMBs and individual home users.
Its flagship product, Light Point Web, is an isolated web browsing solution designed to thwart even the most sophisticated attacks.
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