MD cyber security firm CEO wins Outstanding Alumni of the Year
By Denmark Luceriaga
The UMBC Alumni Association has selected Jeehye Yun
(BS Computer Science, ’97) as the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus for Engineering and Information Technology. She will be presented with the award on October 10 at an awards ceremony in the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
Yun is the founder and CEO of Secured Sciences Group, LLC (SSG), one of the many cyber incubator resident companies based in the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. With a goal of becoming a top-tier cyber security company, SSG’s mission is to help clients by offering world-class technology services and policy compliance management solutions.
SSG developed the compliance management software, Surveillant, that reduces the amount of information schools and businesses have to look at in government grant applications and contracts. This technology allows SSG to streamline the verification of a client’s policy compliance by eliminating redundancies in government applications. SSG makes life easier for their customers as they spend less time worrying about policy compliance.
Some features of Surveillant include recommending other policies that apply to the organization, tracking and managing evidence as proof of compliance, and tracking user activities and remediation. Along with compliance management, SSG also provides professional service in the areas of management support and information technology services.
As a member of bwtech@UMBC’s Cyber Incubator program, SSG utilizes business support services from bwtech@UMBC’s experienced entrepreneurial services team. Recently reaching full capacity, the incubator also provides office space, mentors, resources and collaborative opportunities for small startup companies like SSG. In 2012, SSG was a finalist in the Maryland Incubator of the Year Awards in the Cyber/Homeland Security category.
Along with other like-minded business in the program, Yun is attracting investors by bringing her company’s technology to mobile devices. SSG is taking advantage of its close proximity to federal agencies in Washington D.C. and is paralleling the growth of investment in the industry for security products for both government and commercial sectors.
After finishing her undergraduate degree in the late nineties, Yun taught a practical security course at UMBC, educating students about the practical aspects and pitfalls of security. She also worked with the Division of Information Technology as a systems programmer and administrator.
Before founding SSG, Yun served as Director of Computing Facilities at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) where she managed the teams supporting infrastructure of various research labs.