From the Trenches: A day at Year Up Baltimore

Year Up’s Professional Training Corps (PTC) is a national program, with one that has been offered at Baltimore City Community College since 2010. It is a one-year, intensive for college students age 18-24 that prepares urban young adults to reach their potential through career experiences and higher education. Year Up provides students with the skills, experience and support necessary to thrive professionally.

The goal of Year Up is to address the opportunity divide. “Five million young adults are disconnected from stable career pathways [while] 12 million jobs requiring post-secondary education will go unfilled in the next decade.” Access to higher education resulting from social and economic injustice are preventing millions of young adults from achieving stable careers, despite talent and knowledge.

Earlier this month, Winquest President & CEO John Leitch and Vice President & COO Nate Corry visited Year Up Baltimore to meet Clif Morgan, Site Director and John Carberry, Director of Corporate Engagement and learn more about the Year Up program. Winquest was also interested in meeting some of the students to help determine if Year Up could provide Winquest with cybersecurity interns to help with an expected boost in summer business. While many companies are looking for interns with more advanced cybersecurity skills, Winquest is looking for interns who are eager to learn and hungry for an opportunity. As John Leitch said, “If the intern has the right attitude, they can learn anything.”

Winquest was able to meet two Year Up students, both of whom were very impressive. The students had as many questions as Winquest and everyone was engaged in the dialog. Nate remarked, “If we have enough business, both of them would be an asset to our team.” The visit concluded with a follow-up invitation to talk with students about the cybersecurity services industry and John and Nate look forward to a return trip.

Thank you Year Up Baltimore for the hospitality and introducing the team to some of your outstanding students. Interested in learning more about Year Up Baltimore? Click here.

Winquest is excited for the possibility of adding interns to the team this year to learn more about the suite of services offered.

Winquest President & CEO elected to the 2019 CAMI Board of Directors

(BALTIMORE, Md. — November 30, 2018) The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland Inc. (CAMI) elected its 2019 Board of Directors and Winquest Engineering Corporation President & CEO John Leitch is excited to have been selected to join the board. “Being elected to the CAMI Board of Directors is a great honor and I look forward to helping my fellow board members propel CAMI to the next level. Winquest has greatly benefited from our relationship with CAMI and this is my opportunity to give back and help others get the benefits we received, and more.”

CAMI is entering into its third year in operation and is led by President & CEO Stacey Smith.  She notes, “CAMI continues to be a nationally unique organization with a mission of connecting Maryland’s cybersecurity companies with entities (commercial, government, academic and non-profit) everywhere that need cybersecurity solutions. In just three years, we have over 400 cybersecurity technology and services companies and almost 50 general service providers associated with our organization as members. I look forward to growing the organization and creating a more cyber secure business environment in Maryland and beyond with the help of our Board leadership, committees and many volunteers.”

Being part of CAMI will connect Winquest to other cybersecurity experts in Maryland and will enable everyone to work together to increase cybersecurity amongst businesses of all sizes.

For the full press release and to learn more about what CAMI has to offer click here.

Winquest celebrates 50 years of the Maryland Chamber

(BALTIMORE, Md. — November 1, 2018) We partied with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce like it was their birthday…because it was!

Earlier this month Winquest Cybersecurity’s President & CEO, John Leitch attended the Maryland Chamber’s 50-Fest, a celebration of their big anniversary. But it wasn’t all for fun, Leitch was there for business. Winquest was proud to partner with the Maryland Chamber as a sponsor for one of their glow bars, providing beverages all night long and making ourselves known while we were at it.

“Winquest Cybersecurity sponsored the Maryland Chamber’s 50-Fest to provide exposure not only for Winquest, but for the Chamber as well. Winquest sponsorship demonstrated how Winquest and the Chamber are working together to help Maryland businesses meet their cybersecurity challenges,” said Leitch.

Since cyber-attacks don’t discriminate, businesses ranging from a one-man shop to global in scale are all vulnerable. Winquest provides services to all those in need. The Maryland Chamber represents businesses all over the state and there’s no better organization to support than one whose members run the gamut.

“The Maryland Chamber’s 50-Fest was a great event for Winquest sponsorship because the attendees represented Maryland businesses of all sizes and industries. The attendee diversity was representative of Winquest Clients who range from small Investment Advisor firms to multi-billion-dollar manufacturer/retailers,” continued Leitch.

Thank you to the Maryland Chamber for an incredible evening and for having us as a sponsor!

Winquest looks forward to sponsoring the Maryland Chamber’s upcoming event, the third in their cyber series, Cybersecurity for SMBs Part III: The Cloud as a Security Solution.

We hope to see you all there!

Winquest President & CEO Delivers a Powerful Speech at ITX Conference

Winquest Cybersecurity Services President & CEO John Leitch delivers a powerful speech, titled Shock and Awe at the Hacker’s Rubicon for a full Interop Theater at the 2018 Interop ITX Conference. Leitch discussed Winquest’s military-grade approach to mitigating the modern cybersecurity threat and unveiled Winquest’s new nationwide partnership with Managed Service Providers, Winquest CyberWare. CyberWare is a white-labeled cybersecurity package that aims to provide expertise and strategy to MSP clients while still maintaining the traditional provider-client relationship.

Winquest Featured on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland

John Leitch was recently interviewed by famed news anchor Kathy Ireland. John explains Winquest’s unique approach of offering military-grade cybersecurity protection for small businesses. He points out that many small businesses mistakenly think they are not a target for hackers, when in fact they are subject to potentially devastating phishing attacks, ransomware, and other malicious acts every day.