Light Point Security founders, Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins, were featured in The Baltimore Sun this week! The story “Maryland’s federal workforce offers state a source of cyber entrepreneurs” highlights a few Maryland-based cybersecurity companies, their founders and how they got started. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins worked in the digital trenches at the National Security Agency for more than a decade.
Gonzalez designed computer protection systems and Adkins figured out how to penetrate such barriers. Their light bulb moment came when they decided to apply their expertise to the commercial sector and founded their company, Light Point Security.
“We kind of melded both his offensive mindset of hacking and attacking and my mindset of defending. He knew how easy it was to hack and get into networks,” Gonzalez said. “So we basically thought about what would it take to really stop Beau from getting into a computer.”
Numerous businesses in Maryland’s growing cybersecurity industry were founded by former government workers or government contractors, and count such workers among their current and prospective employees.
The full article by Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Gantz can be viewed on The Baltimore Sun website here.
As another year closes, and a new one begins, I wanted to share with you Light Point Security’s amazing success over the last year. 2016 was an exceptional year for us, and I am incredibly proud of our team and everything they have accomplished.
Over the last year we grew our revenue by over 450%, expanded our presence in our key industry verticals, and achieved other key milestones. The full press release with our 2016 highlights can be found here.
Thank you all for your continued support as we continue to share our unique and innovative technology. We will bring safe web browsing to the world.
I’m honored to be in such great company. The Maryland Department of Commerce published a list of 18 women that are leading the charge for women in technology in The State. They recognized standout women leading technology companies, conducting critical government work in technology, and breaking new ground in developing new technologies. I’m flattered to have been included in the list, and will continue to lead the way in cybersecurity.
According to the article, CompTIA’s Cyberstates analysis ranks Maryland second in the ratio of female to male workers in IT occupations (24%).
You can see the full list of Maryland’s women in tech leaders here.
Who would you recognize as a female leader in technology?
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.
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!
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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