SEVERN, Md., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, a company's most valuable assets can be swiped by someone sipping coffee and punching buttons on a laptop computer. High-tech security guards don't need to wear starched uniforms and carry nightsticks; they have to be smart hardware and software technicians who are up to date on all the latest technology.
No one fits those criteria better than the cybersecurity professionals of Winquest Engineering Corporation, a professional services firm serving leading business and government clients. The Severn, Maryland company is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing cybersecurity services to protect finances, information systems, and intellectual property against a persistent and sophisticated cybercriminal threat.
"Cybercrime has existed since the first days of the Internet," John M. Leitch, Winquest's President & CEO, said. "It's very prevalent and all companies are at risk. Medium and small companies are actually at a higher risk, because most don't have the resources to have their own cybersecurity team."
Winquest's mission statement clearly says that, after prioritizing client interests, the company wants to provide a challenging "nonhierarchical and inclusive" environment for employees with "no drama."
Leitch credits his years in the armed forces with giving him a clear, strong sense of allegiance and fairness – wisdom that benefits clients as much as employees. "You cannot buy loyalty from people," he stated. "You have to earn it. My leadership practices in the military generated a strong loyalty in my troops. The same leadership practices generate loyalty in those I work with today."
Not only does Winquest deal with security breaches, their services include predicting and neutralizing them before they happen. "We gather knowledge of the latest threats and use this knowledge to help predict the potential effect," Leitch said. "In October 2013, I was speaking at a conference and warned the attendees of a hack on a Google HVAC vendor that was then used to control the building's HVAC system. That attack could've found its way into the main network. Two months later, that exact thing happened to Target."
The company prides itself on the thoroughness and professionalism of its services, but members also emphasize affordability. "Winquest uses best-of-breed commercial assessment tools combined with decades of experience to provide the highest level of service," Leitch said. "We have services that are priced low enough that any sized business can afford to hire us."
An example of reasonable cost measures, he added, is the Cybersecurity Abbreviated Vulnerability Assessment (CAVA™), which the company created. "This provides a low-cost method to discover, prioritize, and fix (a client's) most dangerous vulnerabilities to reduce their risk of a costly data breach."
Due to confidentiality, Leitch won't reveal the names of any of his clients, but he said they represent a wide range of businesses up to billion dollar manufacturers. "At this stage, there is a fear that using a cybersecurity company indicates something bad happened," he explained. "This will slowly change but, for now, being the client's trusted adviser means not publishing our client list."
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SOURCE Winquest Engineering Corporation