The CyberMaryland initiative published a very nice booklet titled “CyberMaryland: Meet Maryland’s Cyber Warriors” that showcases the many resources, opportunities and companies in Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem. The booklet was promoted during last week’s CyberMaryland 2013 Conference and will also be available at the RSA 2014 Conference.
Part of the booklet focused on showcasing Maryland’s hottest cybersecurity companies, and Light Point Security was one of the few companies chosen. We are honored to be mentioned alongside some of Maryland’s most successful cybersecurity companies like Sourcefire (who was acquired by Cisco for $2.7 billion just a few days ago), Tenable and Lockheed Martin.
Our CEO, Beau Adkins, sat down for a one-on-one interview with CyberMaryland. Below is the interview.
Q: How did you start out – what is the “backstory”?
A: We started Light Point Security because we recognized that the security industry was in desperate need of true innovation.
My co-founder, Zuly Gonzalez, and I are both former NSA employees with over 23 years of combined experience in offensive and defensive security. At NSA we worked on some of the most challenging security problems facing our nation. We realized that our national security was in jeopardy if the security industry kept going down the same path of attempting to detect malware after it had already reached the network.
We also saw how the impact of malware went well beyond the initial infection, in some cases causing companies to go out of business. We saw a huge opportunity, had the right skills to solve the problem and cared deeply about solving it. This lead to our decision to leave our secure government jobs to start Light Point Security, and create a product that truly protects you from web-based malware. We are dedicated to changing the way security professionals think about security.
Q: Who are your customers?
A: Our customers are enterprises in industries that deal with sensitive, confidential or proprietary information. For example, the financial, banking and defense industries. We have also had great success working with companies offering products that complement Light Point Web Enterprise.
Q: What makes you stand out from your competition?
A: Computer security hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Current security products rely on detecting malware in order to protect the user. The problem with this approach is that the rate of growth at which malware is being created on a daily basis makes it impossible for these detection-based products to keep up. As a result, malware easily evades these defenses and wreaks havoc on an enterprise.
Instead of trying to detect malicious software, our award-winning product assumes all web content is malicious and isolates it in a disposable container where it can do no harm. Furthermore, it happens automatically and invisibly to the employee, and without the need for constant updates. Light Point Web Enterprise requires no change in user behavior, no user training and no additional programs for the employee to deal with. They simply browse the web the way they always have, but with a level of protection no other security product can offer.
Q: Where do you see the company in 3 or 5 years?
A: Light Point Security will be a nationally recognized name in enterprise security, and a leader in the isolation-based security space. Light Point Security will be a center of cybersecurity innovation in Maryland, with a suite of products to protect our customers from even the most advanced malware. With a company culture that encourages innovation, Light Point Security will be the place where security professionals from all over the country will want to work.
Q: Why is Maryland so important to your organization?
A: Being headquartered in Maryland is the ideal location for cybersecurity companies. Fort Meade, other federal installations and top notch universities have been attracting cybersecurity talent to the state for years. With the high demand that is being placed on cybersecurity experts, hiring the best of the best can be challenging, but it is crucial to the success of a company. Tapping into Maryland’s thriving community of security professionals gives Light Point Security a competitive edge.
In addition, the abundance of cybersecurity resources, like the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator, and Maryland’s dedication to growing the cybersecurity industry in the state means that there is no better place in the country to start and grow a business like ours.