Maryland's federal workforce offers state a source of cyber entrepreneurs
Sarah GantzThe Baltimore Sun
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.