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Lunarline is a leading cyber security and privacy provider to the US Federal Government, as well as the private industry. The company was developed to help solve a colossal security problem prevalent in both the government and private sectors: critical systems and software were being designed, developed, and deployed into sensitive environments, and then security was added as an afterthought, if at all.
Lunarline was created to provide its customers with the solutions and people to ensure that the data they store, transmit or process is secure from day one. ‘Solutions Built on Security’™ is the company’s mission, and so it helps its customers create secure and innovative solutions through our products, services, managed services and training. Founded in 2004, Lunarline is headquartered at Arlington, Virginia; Dayton, Ohio and over 19 locations in the US.
In conversation with the Key Executive
Tell us about your first product that was launched?
We built a technology that could be used to better identify security issues using passive RFID. Most of us had come out of the signals processing and intelligence and cyber arenas so the technology development matched our skills very well. However, we soon discovered that good ideas and good technology don’t guarantee success. We wrote a business plan and thought it looked good on paper – then went back to writing code. It was not until we sat with some customer’s and received some frank feedback that we realized how at odds security can be with day to day operations. It was 2004 and many of the organizations we worked with saw security an impediment to their business.
By identifying more issues in the organizations, our innovative solution was solving security challenges but creating business ones. So, we learned from this and times have changed. We no longer have to push our customers to spend time and money on securing their products and organizations – we just need to show how we are going to compliment or enhance their current operations.
What were the grounds on which you have expanded your company and its offerings over the years?
We have worked across the DoD, Federal, and Fortune 500, and as much as each sector likes to say they are different, we have found from a cyber perspective many of them have very similar challenges. Most security and privacy programs are underfunded, overwhelmed, and yet are expected to be able to protect their organizations from well-organized and funded criminal groups and even nation states. So, we focus on our expanding offerings on where we can make the most impact while juggling our customer’s realities. We spend much of our time and resources providing automation where possible and training the organizations to be able to multiply their capabilities with the teams they already have.
How do you and your company contribute to the global IT platform and society at large?
We are helping our customers secure their systems across the Government and commercial sectors – to include telecommunications, technology, finance, healthcare, transportation, and logistics. You will not see our name on the products but many of the space systems, robotics, medical devices, transportation systems, etc. have had Lunarline as part of their testing and secure development.
What do you feel are the reasons behind the popularity of your product?
We have been serving our customers for over 12 years, and have built a significant customer base across all sectors of federal and commercial. We are a silent cyber and privacy partner, when we win a big account you probably only know if you are the customer or know the CISO.
Do you have any new products ready to be/getting ready to be rolled out into the market?
We are creating a new product called Gravity that will work across all our current cyber and privacy tools. We also launch new satellites into cyber space to collect threat, malware, and vulnerability information for our customers and hunt teams.
Our Lunarline School of Cyber Security (SCS) recently launched the Lunarline’s Cyber Certified Experts (CCE) Program. It allows employers verification that you have what it takes to tackle the hardest challenges in cyber security. We have nearly three dozen Certified Expert Certifications that cover every conceivable cyber discipline including Certified Expert Independent Assessor (CEIA) and Certified Expert RMF Professional (CERP).
Where do you see you and your company a couple of years from now?
We have expanded significantly in the US over the past couple years and we are expanding quickly into international markets.
Meet the Master
Waylon Krush, Co-Founder and CEO: Prior to becoming Lunarline’s fearless leader, Waylon was a senior information security engineer in AT&T’s Advanced Systems Division and chief of the information assurance group for GRC-TSC. A veteran of the US Army, Waylon held various intel and security-related technical and leadership roles, including service as the lead technical member of the Land and Information Warfare Activity Information Systems Security Monitoring, Vulnerability Assessment Blue Team, and Red Team. For his contributions to National Security he was named a Knowlton Award Winner, one of the Intelligence Community’s highest honors. He was also recognized as the 718th Military Intelligence Soldier of the Year, the NSA Professional of the Quarter, received the Voice of America Award, and is a two-time winner of the American Legion Award.
Waylon’s service to our country inspired him to create Lunarline’s Warrior to Cyber Warrior (W2CW) Foundation. The program helps our nation’s returning servicemen and wounded warriors bridge the gap between military service and a career in cyber security. W2CW has helped 100s of veterans find jobs in the cyber field.
Waylon has a BS in Computer Information Science from University of Maryland University College, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP) and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA). He also logged more than 3,000 hours of training from the National Security Agency National Cryptologic School.